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Ty Cobb

1933 Goudey Sport Kings Set (Baseball)

"Ty" Cobb, one of the greatest players of all time, offers a splendid example of success through de- termination and grit. Not a natural player, Cobb spent hours and days in practicing every art of the game until he became the outstanding all-round player of the pastime. Born in Banks County, Georgia, in 1886, the "Georgia Peach" began playing professionally at 18 years of age. At twenty-one, he was with the Detroit Tigers, and when he retired from the game in 1928, he had led the American League in batting for twelve years, batted for .300 or better for twenty-three years, stolen 892 bases, including 96 in one season, made 200 or more hits in 9 different seasons, and enjoyed an all-time fielding average of .959.

Bob Porterfield

1949 Bowman Set (Baseball)

Bob joined Yankees late last season after setting International League on fire with his pitching. He had a 15-6 record when he got call from Yanks. Early in season he pitched 36 shut-out innings - won his first 9 ball games. Had a sensational ERA of 1.91 and struck out 133 batters in 178 1/3 innings. With Yanks he compiled a 5-3 record. Originally a catcher, he went to mound in 1946 for Class D Radford club. Spent 1947 season with Norfolk.

Chuck Estrada

1960 Topps Set (Baseball)

The best pitcher in the Sally League last year, Chuck may well become one of the bright stars in the A.L. He has a blinding fastball. In baseball for only three years. Chuck had a 17-11 record at Salinas in '57 and a 15-11 mark at Knoxville the following year.

Chuck has a great strikeout record
Jim Brosnan

1958 Topps Set (Baseball)

For a fellow of his years, Jim has been around for quite a while. He started out in 1947, winning 17 games for Elizabethon, and leading the Appalachian League in innings pitched and games.

He earned his promotion to the Cubs after his 17-10 year at Los Angeles in 1955. Jim writes short stories in his spare time.
Vinnie Pasquantino

2023 Topps Update "Update Series" (Baseball)

MLB DEBUT: 0-FOR-4. A hitless intro on June 28, 2022, was not indicative of the boost Pasquantino would give the Royals the rest of the way, but it was a celebratory night nonetheless. MLB Pipeline's third-ranked Kansas City prospect received a standing ovation from the Kauffman Stadium crowd ahead of his first at-bat.

Elijah Green

2023 Donruss Set (Baseball)

To get a good glimpse of this prospect's power at the plate, watch a YouTube video titled "1 Minute of Elijah Green Destroying Baseballs." Or just listen to it. The clip compilation highlights the teen's explosive swing and echoing results, which fill the speakers with that unmistakable thwack every few seconds.

Ed Stroud

1968 Topps Set (Baseball)

Ed joined Washington from The Chicago White Sox in 1967. Nicknamed "The Streak" because of his blinding speed, this outfielder has led three leagues in stolen bases. At Clinton in 1963, he topped The Midwest League with 74 thefts. His 72 swipes in 1964 led the Carolina League and his 57 stolen bases in '66 was the best in The Pacific Coast League. In four minor league seasons, Ed has 230 stolen bases to his credit.

"Rabbit" Maranville

1934 Diamond Stars Set (Baseball)

Fielding Tips - The Double Play. Experienced second basemen like "Rabbit" Maranville of the Boston Braves, know that the success of the double play depends on the throwing. If the second baseman starts the play, his throw must come to the pivot-man shoulder high so that he can make the catch and relay it to first base in the same motion. Four-fifths of all infield grounders are handled by the second baseman and the shortstop, and a close understanding and confidence is necessary between the two players before an expert double play combination can be developed. Strong arms and quick throwing are necessary on either side of second base.

Johnny Weekly

1962 Topps Set (Baseball)

A talented ballhawk, Johnny spent the last three years playing for three different clubs in the Texas League. Breaking into the minors at the end of 1956, the outfielder played in 26 games. The following season he played regularly for Muskogee and batted a solid .300.

STRONG WITH A BAT: Johnny has hit over 20 home runs in three different seasons.
Ray Oyler

1966 Topps Set (Baseball)

If Ray can improve his batting mark in his sophomore season in 1966, this Tiger will have nailed down a regular job in Detroit. Great with a glove, Ray led the Sally League in defense in 1962.

Ray played basketball in high school
Mickey Mantle

1960 Topps Set (Baseball)

MAY 30: Mickey goes 4 for 4 vs. Nats. JUNE 3: His 9th inn. HR beats Detroit. JUNE 13: Tops Tigers with 2-run HR. JUNE 17: Hits 450-ft. HR vs. Chicago. JUNE 18: HR in 10th beats Chicago. JUNE 27: Has 6 RBIs vs. K.C. JULY 16: His 10th inn. HR tops Cleve. SEPT. 1: Hits HR, double and 3 singles in 12-1 win vs. K.C.

Mickey was the A.L. Most Valuable Player in 1956 and 1957.
Ray Boone

1952 Bowman Set (Baseball)

A bad ankle sprain caused Ray, a top-notch fielder, to get off to a slow start in 1951. As soon as he was free from that handicap, he caught everything that came his way. Batted .233 for 151 games. Drove in 51 runs. In 1950 Ray hit .301 for 109 games, and drove in 58 runs.

Clay Carroll

1969 Topps Set (Baseball)

Obtained from Atlanta, Clay found the Reds' bullpen to his liking. The fireman was credited with 11 "saves" in 1968.

In '62, Clay led the Pioneer League in wins.
Maurice McDermott

1952 Topps Set (Baseball)

A 'Strikeout Artist'. "Lefty" ranked 5th in the American League with 127 Strikeouts in 1951. He holds the American Association Record, fanning 20 men in 1 game in 1949. To add, he had 2 no-hitters to his credit while pitching for Scranton in '46 and '48. He's been a winner since he came up with the Red Sox in mid-season of '49 after a brief trial in '48. His 7-3 record of 1950 is his best. In the off-season he's an athletic instructor.

Warren Giles

1956 Topps Set (Baseball)

A veteran of 35 years in Baseball, Mr. Giles is a leading authority on the laws and rules of our Great American Sport. After serving as a front line Lieutenant in World War I, he headed the Moline Club of the I.I.I. League in 1920. In 1927, he was President of the Rochester Red Wings and guided them to 4 straight pennants. Mr. Giles later joined the Cincinnati Redlegs and became the Redlegs' President in 1946. He was elected President of the National League in 1951.

Dick Hyde

1957 Topps Set (Baseball)

Dick is a relief pitcher who thrives on work. Beginning at Concord in '49 he posted a 6-4 record, seeing action in 39 games. After another season at Concord he went into service for two years and joined Charlotte upon his return in '53. There, Dick won 9 of 17 decisions and the following year hurled in 44 games, winning 6. After a try out with the Senators, he returned to Chattanooga to win 8 games in '55 and 15 last year. This imposing record makes him a key man on Washington's staff.

Carroll (Whitey) Lockman

1949 Bowman Set (Baseball)

Whitey made trip from sandlots to Polo Grounds in 2 years. By mid-year of his first season on a farm club, he so out-classed club he was transferred to Jersey City. Had one thrill few players experience. On his first appearance at Polo Grounds he drove a home run into right field seats. Broken leg in 1947 kept him out of line-up. Last season he hit .286 and drove in 59 runs in 146 games for Giants.

Max Fried

2021 Topps Heritage Set (Baseball)

Max is not only great on the mound pitching, but also when fielding his position. He was one of just seven pitchers in Baseball with an ERA of under 3.50 who also saved at least two runs with his glove. Opening the Postseason for the Braves, he retired 15 of the first 16 batters he faced, and held Cincinnati scoreless for seven innings.

How many homers did HOF'er Hank Aaron hit in 1972 at age 35? 34.
Del Ennis

1951 Topps Set (Baseball)

Leading the NL with 126 RBI's last year, the Philadelphia Phils' outfielder clouted 31 homers and hit .311.

Billy Herman

1966 Topps Set (Baseball)

Manager Billy Herman has the highest of hopes for the success of the '66 Sox. As a result of several winter deals, Boston will be presenting a number of new faces in Fenway Park this season. A seasoned baseball man, Billy began as a professional ballplayer back in 1928 and batted .332 at Vicksburg in the old Cotton State League. A top man with a bat, the second baseman rid- dled minor league hurling for six consecutive seasons, never hitting below .305. Major league pitching didn't stop the young ballplayer as he compiled a lifetime mark of .304 in 16 campaigns. Always able to get the key hit in an important ballgame, Billy compiled an in- credible All-Star batting average of .433 in 10 contests. Before joining the Sox as manager, Billy coached for the Dodgers, the Braves and Boston.

Curt Motton

1969 Topps Set (Baseball)

The shortest man on the Orioles roster, Curt has played on three All-Star squads in the minors. In 1967, he topped the International League with 70 RBIs playing for the Red Wings.

Curt led the Int. League with 72 walks in 1967.
Al Kaline

1955 Topps Set (Baseball)

The fleetfooted 'bonus baby' saw plenty of action in the Tiger outfield last season when he placed 3rd in Detroit Batting. Upon his graduation from High School in '53, Big League scouts flocked to his door to sign him, but the Tigers were the high bidders. Al joined the Bengals late in the '53 season, hitting .250 in 30 games, and last year nailed down a regular outfield berth.

Roger Maris

1962 Topps Set (Baseball)

The most talked about player of the decade, Roger went into the record books as the only man ever to hit 61 home runs in a season. The famed home run slugger crashed the history making homer during the last day of the season into the Yankee Stadium's right field stands.

HOME RUNS ARE A HABIT. Roger hit a home run the first time he batted in a World Series.
Charlie Silvera

1954 Topps Set (Baseball)

Charlie is the real strongman in the Yankees' second line of defense. In '49 he hit .315 in 58 contests and in 55 games batted .327 in '52. Starting with Wellsville in '42 Charlie spent 3 years in Service before joining Kansas City in '46. With Portland in '48 he hit .301, led his League in Fielding and came to the Yanks late that season.

Charley is one of the most feared men in baseball! When he's not catching, he's very effective in upsetting Yank opponents -- Because Charley is the best bench jockey in the game today!
Roger Maris

1961 Topps Set (Baseball)

Roger had a tremendous season in 1960 with the New York Yankees. During the 1960 World Series he hit two homers against Pittsburgh. Roger Maris was named the Most Valuable Player in the A.L. for 1960.

Roy Johnson

1933 Goudey Set (Baseball)

One of the few players in the big league of Indian descent. His mother being a descendant of the Cherokee tribe, while his father is a Swede. Used to be a pitcher, but changed to outfielding, so he could hit more often. Played with Detroit three years and traded to Boston last season. Batted .281 in 143 games. Hits left-handed, but throws right-handed. Is 29, five feet, nine inches tall and weighs 175 pounds. Came to big league from Pacific Coast League, where he swatted .360 in 170 games.

Mickey Mantle

1960 Topps Set (Baseball)

MAY 30: Mickey goes 4 for 4 vs. Nats. JUNE 3: His 9th inn. HR beats Detroit. JUNE 13: Tops Tigers with 2-run HR. JUNE 17: Hits 450-ft. HR vs. Chicago. JUNE 18: HR in 10th beats Chicago. JUNE 27: Has 6 RBIs vs. K.C. JULY 16: His 10th inn. HR tops Cleve. SEPT. 1: Hits HR, double and 3 singles in 12-1 win vs. K.C.

Mickey was the A.L. Most Valuable Player in 1956 and 1957.
Kevin Smith

2022 Donruss Set (Baseball)

On a day when big-league players Cavan Biggio and Gregory Polanco were in the lineup for Triple-A Buffalo, Smith proved to be the talk of the town. Against Rochester, the prospect lashed a career-high five hits, scored four runs and plated two others to lead a high-powered offense in a 20-3 rout.

Noah Syndergaard

2022 Topps Holiday Set (Baseball)

In trading for Noah, the Phillies hoped to catch lightning in a bottle - literally. He averaged better than 98 mph with his fastball and north of 90 with his change-up in his five seasons prior to 2020 elbow surgery.

Albert Almora

2023 Topps Set (Baseball)

Beginning last May, Albert secured a regular job for the first time since 2019. He topped the Reds in RBI in June and, as he has throughout his career, shined defensively at all three outfield positions.

Tom Seaver

1969 Topps Set (Baseball)

In only his second year of professional ball, Tom became the Mets' No. 1 pitcher in 1967. To top off his sensational season, Tom was named the National League Rookie of the Year. He was also selected to the All-Star team and it was his clutch pitching in the 15th inning which "saved" the National League's 2-1 victory.

In 2968, Tom led the Mets staff with 205 strikeouts.
Ernie Banks

1960 Topps Set (Baseball)

APR. 30: Ernie's 10th inning four-bagger defeats Cincinnati 3-2. MAY 13: Belts grand-slam HR vs. Reds. JUNE 14: Hits 200th homer of career. JULY 7: 2 doubles in All Star Game. AUG. 12: His 3-run homer beats L.A. AUG. 29: Chases in all Cubs runs with 2nd grand-slam homer of season. SEPT. 13: Drives in 5 runs vs. Cards.

Ernie won the N.L. Most Valuable Player award in '59 for the 2nd straight year
Matt Kemp

2015 Topps Heritage Set (Baseball)

Matt, full strength again after two injury-impaired seasons, exploded back into offensive form in 2014 to finish second on the Dodgers in home runs, RBI and doubles.

Matt played basketball on a 2-time state title team in Oklahoma.
Tony Gwynn

1984 Topps Set (Baseball)

Tony went 6-for-9 in twinbill sweep, 8-6-83.

Dateline Jun. 22, 1983: Had double & 2 singles at Los Angeles. Aug. 1, 1983: Laced single and double in win.
Vernon Bickford

1949 Bowman Set (Baseball)

An important factor in Braves' 1948 pennant drive, Vern pitched game that clinched National League bunting for team. Vern wound up with an 11-5 record in his rookie year in majors, and was one of Billy Southworth's mainstays. He opened the 1947 season as a relief pitcher for Milwaukee. Hard pressed for starters they gave him a chance to open a game, and he won it 1-0 and continued in a starting role. He's a control pitcher, with a fine curve ball.

Stephen Strasburg

2013 Topps Museum Collection Set (Baseball)

CAREER APPRAISAL: Only a 2011 injury detour has slowed Strasburg's progression from once-in-a-generation prospect to utterly dominant starter. Both his 21 victories and 313 strikeouts are second-most ever in a pitcher's first 45 career games.

Bobby Thomson

1952 Bowman Set (Baseball)

Fans are not going to forget Bobby's one out, last of the ninth home run in the third playoff game against the Dodgers last fall. It drove in 3 runs, gave the Giants the game, 5-4, and, with it, the pennant. Bobby hit .294 for the 1951 season. Drove in 101 runs. Had 32 homers.