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Kevin Kiermaier

2020 Topps Set (Baseball)

Defensive metrics confirm what is obvious to the naked eye: Kevin's center-field play is wondrous. Since 2015, his 25 defensive runs saved per 1,000 innings (min. 2,000 innings) lead MLB outfielders by far.

Brendan Ryan

2005 Bowman Heritage Set (Baseball)

Brendan played in the Florida State League All-Star Game (A) in 2005, confirming his status as one of the Cardinals top prospects. Drafted in the 7th round in 2003, he batted .311 for New Jersey (A) that summer. In 2004, he was promoted to Peoria (A), where he enjoyed a banner year. He led the team in batting (.322), runs (72) and stolen bases (30).

Bo Belinsky

1965 Topps Set (Baseball)

Beginning a new career in the National League with the Phils, Bo will see lots of duty in the City of Brotherly Love in 1965. The southpaw, a favorite with the fans, began his career in 1956 in the Georgia-Florida League. Bo won 13 games for Pensacola the following season and 10 games with Aberdeen in 1958. During his minor league career, Bo won 47 ballgames.

As a rookie, Bo pitched a 2-0 no-hitter vs. Baltimore.
Gary Alexander

1979 Topps Set (Baseball)

Named Texas League Player of the Year at Lafayette for the 1975 campaign.

Willie Davis

1966 Topps Set (Baseball)

The flashy Dodger outfielder won two successive batting crowns in the minors, including a scalding .365 average at Reno. Willie, one of game's swifts, ranks high among defensive performers too.

Willie led the PCL with a .346 mark in 1960
Jim Hickman

1969 Topps Set (Baseball)

Chicago acquired this veteran outfielder from the Los Angeles Dodgers on April 23, 1968. Jim was assigned to Tacoma but was quickly called up to the Cubs on May 23d after bashing the ball at a .344 clip. If called upon, Jim can also handle the hot corner for Chicago.

Jim was the first Met to bang 3 homers in one game.
Ozzie Smith

1985 Topps Set (Baseball)

Known as "The Wizard of Oz" for slick fielding.

Q. What does CG stand for? Complete game.
Jake Arrieta

2016 Topps Heritage Set (Baseball)

Jake ascended to bona fide ace status in 2015. Mixing his fastball with dastardly cutters, curves and change-ups, he posted the lowest second half ERA (0.75) in history. After that magical run - which included a no-hitter on August 30 - Jake fired a five-hit shutout against Pittsburgh in the NL Wild Card Game.

Jake fanned 11 to pick up his 20th win on 9/22/15. He was acquired in a 2013 trade with Baltimore.
Albie Pearson

1963 Topps Set (Baseball)

Albie was named the A.L. rookie of the year in 1958.

Al got 6 extra base hits in 2 games to tie a mark
Les Moss

1952 Topps Set (Baseball)

The 1951 season had just gotten under way when Les was traded to the Red Sox by the Browns. Now he's back with the Browns, being traded in December of '51. The Browns brought Les up to the majors at the end of the '46 season after he batted .297 at Toledo, and in 12 games he hit .371. His hitting dropped off to .157 in '47, but he brought it up to .257 in '48 and in '49, Les hit .291, and .266 in '50. In 1944 and 1945 he served in the Merchant Marine.

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.
Dick Wakefield

1948 Leaf Set (Baseball)

At one time one of the most feared hitters in American league. Finished 1948 with .276 mark after very bad start in which he went to bat during a 7-game stretch 26 times without a hit. Originally paid $55,000 bonus to sign with Tigers after great career with University of Michigan. Paced Tigers to pennant in 1940. Fair fielding outfielder.

Randy Arozarena

2020 Topps Update "Update" (Baseball)

Rays skipper Kevin Cash raved about Randy's athletic ability after the offseason acquisition hit.400 with nine walks and only two strikeouts in his first dozen Spring Training games with the team. The energetic outfielder showed similar promise in brief action with the Cardinals in 2019 before he was traded in a five-player shuffle in January 2020.

Sam Jethroe

1952 Bowman Set (Baseball)

Went to bat 572 times in 1951, hitting .280. In 148 games. Scored 101 runs. Among Sam's 160 hits, there were 18 homers, 10 triples, 29 doubles. He batted in 65 runs, fielded .974. His 35 stolen bases led the league in this branch of play for second straight year.

Edwin A. Rommel

1955 Bowman Set (Baseball)

Ancestry German. Hobbies are golf and bowling. Began umpiring in New York-Pennsylvania League in 1936. First year with the American League was 1938 coming from the International League. Star pitcher with the Philadelphia Athletics 1920-1932, winning 27 games in 1922 and 21 games in 1925. Widely accredited as discoverer of the "knuckle ball" pitch. Won 171 games and lost 119 for the Athletics, Pitched in the 1929 and 1931 World Series for Philadelphia, winning two games and losing one. He was All-Star umpire in 1954.

If, when the ball is alive and in play, two runners occupy the same base, which one of them is legally entitied to the base? The first runner. The second runner shall be out when tagged.
Frank Leja

1954 Topps Set (Baseball)

A prize Big League prospect, Frank signed with the Yanks just prior to the 1953 World Series for a sizeable bonus. A slugging first baseman, he has been likened by Yankee scouts to the immortal Lou Gehrig, when he came out of Columbia University. Frankie attracted the attention of the Big League teams with his hitting at Holyoke High School.

Frank got Big League bids the day he was out of High School! Every team wanted him-but Frank picked the Yankees. He signed for a $50,000 bonus - and experts think he is worth it! They believe he will be a second Gehrig!!
Clint Hartung

1952 Topps Set (Baseball)

The most publicized ball-player of World War II, the "Hondo Hurricane" became a Giant in 1947. Clint had so much talent that they didn't know where to play him. He pitched, played first base and the outfield and finally remained an outfielder at the end of 1950. In 4 seasons as a pitcher, he had a 29-29 record. At the plate, he hit .309 in '47 and .302 in '50. In March of 1952 he was optioned to Minneapolis to get more experience in the outfield.

Orel Hershiser

1988 Topps Set (Baseball)

Orel earned 51 Saves in 202 minor league games. He once recorded 6 Saves in 6 consecutive appearances.

THIS WAY TO THE CLUBHOUSE... Orel signed as a 17th round Draft selection with the L.A. Dodgers, June 9, 1979 by Scout Boyd Bartley.
Paul Foytack

1962 Topps Set (Baseball)

Paul's career in baseball began in 1949 when he won 14 games with Thomasville in the Georgia-Florida League. Although he was wild as a youngster, Paul has mastered his control problem since coming to Detroit. The righthander won 15 games for the Tigers in '56 & '58.

TACKING UP ANOTHER WIN. Paul led his minor league with 18 wins and 219 strikeouts in 1950.
Wade Boggs

1998 Fleer Tradition Set (Baseball)

Wade's .362 average after the 1997 All-Star break was the third-best mark in the majors. He also ranked third with a .417 average during the month of September.

Gus Zernial

1952 Topps Set (Baseball)

1951 was a terrific year for Gus. He led the American League in Home Runs and Runs Batted In and in Assists for outfielders. Gus also tied the major league record for the most home runs in 3 straight games with 6 circuit clouts and hit 7 in 4 straight games to tie the American League mark. A radio mechanic in the Navy during the War, Gus broke in with the White Sox in 1949 and was traded to the A's in 1951.

Cal Abrams

1951 Bowman Set (Baseball)

Batted .205 in 38 games in 1950. During that exciting last day of the season, when the Phils were battling the Dodgers for the pennant, Cal was scampering in with the potential winning tally for the Brooks when Richie Ashburn's perfect peg to the plate kept the run from scoring. Cal was with the Dodgers for a few games in 1949. With Fort Worth for rest of season. In service 3 years.

Vladimir Guerrero

2008 Topps Heritage Set (Baseball)

No one knows how to get Vladimir out; he hits everything - and often a long way. He is 1 of just 7 players in history with at least 350 home runs and a .325 or higher batting average.

Vlad won the '07 Home Run Derby
Bob Addis

1952 Topps Set (Baseball)

An ex-Marine, Bob got his first Big League chance with the Braves at the end of the 1950 season after leading the American Association at Milwaukee in Batting (323). Before that he hit .314 and .346 for St. Paul in '48 and '49. In 16 games for the Braves in '50, Bob hit .250. In October of 1951, he was traded to the Cubs. In pro ball since 1943, Bob was an All-Ohio State sprint man in High School, where he started out as a pitcher, but switched to the outfield.

Reno Bertoia

1959 Topps Set (Baseball)

Reno has a fine arm and can fire bullets across the diamond. Digging out hot smashes is second nature to this fine fielder. Reno's average trailed off last year, but he has natural ability, a keen batting eye, and he figures to have a fine year in '59. Reno was born in St. Vito, Italy.

Reno received a reported $25,000 bonus to sign with Detroit.
Nap Lajoie

2015 Panini Diamond Kings Set (Baseball)

Lajoie's popularity was so great when he arrived in Cleveland that the franchise changed its name, based on a write-in contest held by a newspaper, to honor the infielder. The name stuck from 1903 until 1915, the year Lajoie left the club after tallying 2,047 hits and 424 doubles in 1,614 games.

Ed Stanky

1951 Bowman Set (Baseball)

The Giants' scrappy little lead-off man has an amazing knack for getting on base. In 1950 he led the League in bases on balls (144). Hit an even .300 for 152 games. Had 25 doubles among 158 total hits. Got the 1000th hit of major league career on last day of season. Holds record for most walks in a season. Has played for Cubs, Dodgers and Braves. Traded to Giants, winter '49.

Greg Harris

1989 Fleer Set (Baseball)

DID YOU KNOW? Won two of three games he appeared in for Padres, completing one... Had almost one strikeout per IP for Padres.

Junior Guerra

2020 Topps Heritage Set (Baseball)

Junior reinvented himself as a hard-throwing reliever in 2019, allowing a paltry .194 batting average to opposing hitters. That's the third-lowest average in Club history, at a minimum of 80 innings pitched.

Mike Mussina, Doug Drabek

1994 Donruss Insert Diamond Kings (Baseball)

Injuries combined to hold Mike Mussina's victory total down in 1993, but he still showed why he is included on all lists of the best young players in the game. The Baltimore Orioles righthander followed his brilliant 18-win 1992 season with a 14 win campaign in 1993, and is being counted on to anchor the Orioles rotation for years to come. Mussina had hoped he would have that kind of success in baseball after he decided to attend Stanford and play baseball, turning down a football scholarship from Penn State.

Jim Brewer

1968 Topps Set (Baseball)

With Ron Perranoski traded to the Twins, Jim is now the only southpaw in the Dodgers' bullpen. He started eleven ballgames last year but also appeared in 19 contests in relief.

Q. Which Dodger holds the clubs season batting mark? A. Babe Herman - .393
Livan Hernandez

1997 Topps Set (Baseball)

On September 27th, 1995, with the help of agent Joe Cubas, Hernandez delected from Cuba in a stratagem of intrigue that could have been called from Mission Impossible re-runs. It was conspired that, while Livan was playing in Mexico, he would as a sign the plan was in place - meet a woman who would secretly hand him a photo of Cubas. The next moming at 1 AM, Hernandez sneaked out of the team barracks and past security guards to meet the agent in a waiting car. Within five hours, he was on a plane to the Dominican Republic, where he established residency. After a parade of eye-popping tryouts, a bidding war ensued for his services with the Martins finally landing the flame-throwing righthander.

Joc Pederson

2017 Topps Heritage Set (Baseball)

After belting the second-most home runs ever by a Dodgers rookie in 2015, Joc continued his fence-clearing ways last season, placing fourth on the team in longballs. He's proven to be a good fit for Dodger Stadium, slugging .562 in 64 games there in 2016. Joc's on-base percentage at home was.374.

Q. - Which Dodgers player had a 31-game hit streak in 1969? A. - Willie Davis.
Adalberto Mondesi

2019 Stadium Club Set (Baseball)

Mondesi was made a permanent cog of the starting lineup last June, then caught fire in July with a .293 AVG, 13 homers and 28 steals in his last 60 games. In that small window, he hit the fourth-most HRs in a full season ever as shortstop for Kansas City.

Eddie Joost

1951 Topps Set (Baseball)

Holding the AL record of 41 consecutive errorless games at shortstop the Philadelphia A's star stands 6'.

Phil Garner

1979 Topps Set (Baseball)

Led American League second basemen with 465 Assists at Oakland in 1976. Traded by A's to Pirates with Tommy Helms and Chris Batton for 6 players, 3-15-77. Played in 1976 All-Star Game.

What happened July 9, 1946? The Americans trounced Nationals, 12-0, in the most lopsided All-Star Game in history.
Bubba Phillips

1964 Topps Set (Baseball)

Bubba broke into organized ball in 1948. A versatile ballplayer, he can play several positions. Bubba hit .300 in the '59 World Series.

Who holds the A.L. mark for hits in a season?