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Jose Pagan

1967 Topps Set (Baseball)

The fine fielding veteran was an All-Star selection for every minor league club with which he played. Jose is perhaps the Pirates' best utility player as he can play any infield or outfield position. He's also an excellent pinch-hitter.

In 1962 Jose led the N.L. shortstops in fielding.Jose has a .368 World Series batting average.
Mark McGwire

1990 Topps Set (Baseball)

Mark was unanimous selection as AL Rookie of Year in 1987 after setting rookie record with 49 Homers. His 9th-inning HR won Game 3 of the 1988 World Series.

Eloy Jimenez

2020 Topps Holiday Set (Baseball)

A former White Sox scout reported that Eloy "looks like something out of the movie Troy". the epic war film. Ironically, that flick was based on a work by the poet Homer - the powerful Jimenez's specialty skill.

Ralph Branca

1952 Topps Set (Baseball)

A Big Leaguer since the middle of the 1945 season, Big Ralph had his best year in '47, winning 21 and posting a 2.67 Earned Run Average. Despite arm trouble in '48 and '49, he had 14-9 and 13-5 marks. In '50, the former N.Y.U. Basketball and Baseball Star won 7 and lost 9. In pro ball since 1943, Ralph rates the Pirates as his favorite opponents, having a 17-6 lifetime record against them. Named on the Major League All-Star Team in 1947, he has 14 Shutouts to his credit.

Albert Pujols

2008 Upper Deck Timeline Set (Baseball)

Pujols became the 23rd active player to eclipse the 300-homer barrier when he went deep against the Cubs on 7/4/08. It was his 35th career HR versus Chicago, tied for his most against any team.

Cal Quantrill

2022 Donruss Set (Baseball)

He may not get many more in-season breaks, so Quantrill was wise to utilize his free time around the 2021 midsummer gala. And after polishing his repertoire, the righty returned better than ever. He went 7-1, crafted a 1.94 ERA and held hitters to a .204 average across the second half, looking more like a future All-Star with each start.

Ryan Howard

2008 Topps Heritage Set (Baseball)

Ryan is a genuine phenomenon - perhaps the most feared home run hitter in the modern game. After leading the Bigs in blasts and RBI in 2006, he came back in '07 to finish 2nd in the NL in both of those categories. In one slugging spree last year, 12 of his 25 base hits left the ballpark.

The mighty Ryan hit a 500-foot homer in '07.
Tommie Aaron

1963 Topps Set (Baseball)

The Braves are hoping that Tommie will attain the same stardom that his teammate and brother Hank has attained. The two Aaron boys are exciting performers to watch. Tommie has good power.

Tommie is a whiz at billiards.
Grady Sizemore

2008 Upper Deck Timeline Set (Baseball)

After leading the entire Majors in runs scored (134) in '06, Sizemore crossed home 118 times in '07 to finish fourth in the AL. He started last year with seven runs in his first three games.

Tommy Davis

1967 Topps Set (Baseball)

The New York Mets acquired the good-hitting outfielder from the Los Angeles Dodgers for Ron Hunt last winter. Tommy has been recovering from a severely broken ankle which sidelined him in 1965. Last season, Tommy gained some of his form as he led the Dodgers in batting.

In 1957 Tom led the Midwest Lg. with a .357 avg. Tommy won the N.L. batting crown in 1962 and 1963.
Bob Purkey

1966 Topps Set (Baseball)

The veteran knuckleballer was reacquired by the Pirates in April, 1966. Bob started his pro career in the Pittsburgh chain in 1948.

Bob had the best win percentage in the N.L. in 1962
Keston Hiura

2020 Topps Insert Turkey Red (Baseball)

Keston's dazzling 2019 rookie season came as no surprise to those who watched him rake at the U. of California Irvine, where he batted .375 with a .466 OBP over three seasons. Chosen by Milwaukee with the ninth overall pick of the 2017 MLB Draft, he was deemed the top prospect in the organization by Baseball America a year later. Revealing a compact stroke and an ability to barrel pitches anywhere in the zone, Keston finished the year with the second-highest slugging percentage (.570) ever by a Brewers rookie in 80-plus games. Highlights included a walk-off longball and a 15-game hitting streak.

Jonathan Van Every

2008 Upper Deck Timeline Set (Baseball)

Van Every opened eyes with the Akron Aeros in 2007 when he batted .344 in 44 games for the Double-A club. Signed as a free agent with Boston in the offseason, he singled in his Major League debut on 5/14/08.

Frank Thomas

1994 Topps Set (Baseball)

Frank is the 1st ever to hit .300 with 20 HR, 100 RBI. 100 BB and 100 R in each of his 1st 3 seasons. He joined 7 Hall of Famers as the only players to have twice as many BB as K while hitting 40 HR.

Rafael Montalvo

1991 Bowman Set (Baseball)

Rafael made his major league debut with the Astros, April 18, 1986. He pitched at Edmonton in 1990.

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.
Cliff Floyd

1996 Fleer Ultra Set (Baseball)

A former Sporting News Minor League Player of the Year and two-time minor league leader in RBI, Floyd has the power to deliver the goods as a first baseman and the speed to roam the outfield. Touted by the 1996 Baseball Almanac as a "Willie McCovey-type player with speed," the Expos expect a lot out of the multi-threat star-inthe-making. A wrist injury curtailed Floyd for much of '95 so he should be itching to get back to form this season.

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.
Darold Knowles

1973 Topps Set (Baseball)

Darold missed 1972 AL Playoffs & World Serles due to a finger injury he suffered.

Darold was in the Air Force.
Vince Coleman

1987 Topps Set (Baseball)

Vince attended NFL Redskins' 1982 mini-camp.

September 11, 1985: Pete Rose collected the 4192nd hit of his major league career. Pete's 1985 Topps card was #600.
Alex Bregman

2022 Donruss Set (Baseball)

Bregman made sure things turned south for the South Side squad during the 2021 postseason. In four division series games against Chicago, the slugging third baseman batted .375 (6-for-16) with four runs and four RBI, helping Houston advance to the league championship round and, eventually, clinch its third pennant in five years.

Manny Machado

2021 Topps Holiday Set (Baseball)

At the start of 2020, only 66 players (53 Hall of Famers) had amassed more than Manny's 36.7 WAR in their first eight seasons. Not satisfied, he hired a personal chef in the offseason to create a "clean" diet.

Bobby Richardson

1960 Topps Set (Baseball)

APR. 15: His 9th inn. double drives in winning runs to beat Balt. 3-1. JUNE 21: Has 3 for 3 against Cleve. JULY 14: Singles in only run of game to top Indians, 1-0. JULY 25: Bobby hits his 1st major league homer in 9-8 win over Detroit. AUG. 23: Has 3 for 4 against Chisox. SEPT. 23: Tops Wash. with clutch single.

Bobby had the best batting average on the Yanks last season
Gilberto Celestino

2022 Topps Heritage Set (Baseball)

Gilberto looked overmatched at first, making the jump from Double-A to MLB when the Twins needed emergency center-field help. He got his first career hit on June 9, and smacked his first homer five days later, off Marco Gonzales. When he returned to Triple-A, he slashed .299/.396/.526 with 12 extra-base hits and 13 walks in his first 24 games at the level.

Gil's 111.4 MPH exit velocity ranked in the 80th percentile.
Teoscar Hernandez

2019 Topps Set (Baseball)

Teoscar closed 2017 with a burst of power after he was acquired from the Astros, helping position him for an early recall when injuries struck last year's roster. The outfielder roped two doubles in his season debut of April 13, then delivered a four-hit game five days later. By early September, Hernandez was a first-time 20-homer man.

Randy Johnson

2021 Topps Archives Set (Baseball)

Randy's tenure with the Diamondbacks was epic. In his first six seasons, from ages 35-to-40, he won four-straight NL Cy Young Awards, three ERA titles, and led the loop in Ks five times. He also was a World Series Co-MVP.

FOREVER ON THE TEAM: Randy wears a Diamondbacks hat on his Hall of Fame plaque.
Willie Miranda

1953 Topps Set (Baseball)

Willie came up to the American League at the end of the '51 season with the Senators. He went to the White Sox and then to the Browns in '52. After breaking into pro ball in '48; Willie was moved up to Chattanooga where he played for 3 seasons. During those years, Willie, a standout fielder, hit .237, .248 and .246. He had a .444 mark in 7 games with the Senators in '51.

What is the nickname given to Orestes Minoso? Ans.: "Minnie".
Paul Molitor

1982 Topps Set (Baseball)

Named A.L. Starting 2nd baseman for the 1980 All-Star Game, Paul hit .353 from 7th inning on in 1980.

Gary Roenicke handled 205 chances in the outfield without an error in 1980. On Sept. 26, 1981, Bobby Murcer came off the bench to hit his 3rd pinch-homer of the year.
J.T. Realmuto

2022 Topps Gypsy Queen Set (Baseball)

In one 10-day stretch of July 2021, J.T. stole home, went deep in the MLB All-Star Game, and belted the second walk-off home run of his career.

Doug Drabek

1995 Score Set (Baseball)

Doug is not overpowering, but he keeps the ball low, hits spots, is fough in the clutch and features three different types of curveballs. The 1990 NL Cy Young Award winner when he had 22 victories, he ranked third in ERA in the league in '94.

Virgil Trucks

1953 Bowman B&W Set (Baseball)

Virgil won only 5 games for the Detroit Tigers in 1952, while losing 19, but the first and last of his five wins were no hit ball games. The first was over the Washington Senators and the other over the Yankees, no mean trick. He began in 1938 and came to the majors at the end of the 1941 season with the Tigers. He remained with them until traded to the Brownies for 1953.

Glenn Beckert

1966 Topps Set (Baseball)

Selected from the Boston Red Sox organization in 1962, Glenn has become a pleasant surprise for Chicago. The flashy fielding second sacker led the Pacific Coast League with 253 putouts and 112 double plays in 1964. Glenn impressed everyone in spring training and was awarded the starting job at second base. He played in all but 8 games for Chicago last season. The Cubs feel that with a year of experience under his belt, Glenn is on his way.

Glenn led the Northern League in base hits in 1961
Corey Kluber

2016 Topps Heritage Set (Baseball)

After a solid season in 2013, Corey ascended to ace status in 2014, riding a late surge to the AL CY Young Award. His diving breaking ball continued to evade bats in 2015 - a campaign highlighted by a dominant performance against the Cardinals on May 13. Kluber's 18 strikeouts that day were the most in an eight-inning outing since 1914, and the most for any pitcher since '04.

Corey's 269 Ks in 2014 ranked 6th in Indians lore. He fanned 10 or more 11 times that season.
Joe Ryan

2022 Topps Set (Baseball)

Joe punched out six batters for every man he walked during his five outings for the Twins in 2021. On September 8, he twirled seven scoreless, one-hit innings against Cleveland for his initial victory.

Colton Welker

2022 Topps Set (Baseball)

Colton laced two hits and picked up an RBI in his first Colorado start on September 9, 2021. A three-time All-Star on the farms, he's a former California League batting champion with a discerning eye.

Jose Ramirez

2022 Donruss Set (Baseball)

A dozen switch-hitters had topped 150 career homers, 150 steals and 500 RBI entering 2021, when Ramirez joined their ranks as lucky No. 13. Foes sure didn't feel too fortunate. Among the legendary footsteps he followed were those of Mickey Mantle, Pete Rose, Tim Raines, Roberto Alomar and Chipper Jones.

Cecil Fielder

2022 Stadium Club Set (Baseball)

Cecil returned from a stint in Japan in 1990 to become an awe-inspiring slugger for the Tigers. Over his first six seasons back, he averaged 36 homers and led the AL in RBI three times. He's one of only two players in Club lore to clout 50 bombs in a campaign.