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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.

Adrian Gonzalez

2008 Upper Deck Timeline Set (Baseball)

Since coming over from the Rangers prior to the 2006 season, Gonzalez has been everything the Padres hoped for. He is an outstanding defender at first base, and his 30 homers and 100 RBI were both tops on the team last year.

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!!
William A. Jackowski

1955 Bowman Set (Baseball)

Purchased from American Association August 18, 1952... donned mask for first time professionally in 1946 in class-D Blue Ridge League... advanced a notch in 1947 to class-C Florida-International League, moved up another step to B in Inter-State League in 1948 and jumped to triple-A Association in 1949... works as basketball official in New England during off season... Army veteran of World War II, directed athletic program at Fort Devens, Mass., for a time... of Polish descent... married in January, 1953.

What was the length of Joe DiMaggio's famous hitting streak? Who stopped the streak? It went for 56 straight games. The Cleveland Indians on July 17, 1941. The pitchers were Al Smith and Jim Bagby, Jr., who combined to shut out DiMaggio.
Nick Adenhart

2008 Upper Deck Timeline Set (Baseball)

One of two pitchers to win 10 games for Double-A Arkansas last year, Adenhart followed up a 145-strikeout campaign in 2006 with 116 more Ks in 2007. He racked up his first ML punchout at Kansas City on 5/6/08.

Wayne Terwilliger

1955 Topps Set (Baseball)

"Twig" played almost every infield position for the Nats last season. A top-notch fielder, he Height: 5'11" started in the Cub Farm System at Des Moines in '48 and the following year hit .275 for Los Angeles. Chicago brought him up late that season and in '50 he played the infield and outfield."Twig" was traded to the Dodgers in '51 and was sent to St. Paul where he batted .312 in '52.

Are you a "Moneyball Player"? ANS: If you hit in the clutch, you are!
Bill Mazeroski

1960 Topps Set (Baseball)

APR. 29: Belts HR to trip Giants 3-2. MAY 3: Slaps bases-loaded single to beat Cards in 10th, 4.3. MAY 17: Smashes a pair of homers in 5-4 victory over Cubs. JULY 5: Punches single in 11th to drive winning run across against Reds. SEPT. 19: Two-run triple downs Reds 4-3.

Bill was voted the best fielding 2nd baseman in baseball in 1958
Lou Klimchock

1963 Topps Set (Baseball)

Lou led the Pioneer League in hits, runs scored and batting during the 1958 season.

Lou was purchased by the Senators last winter.
Clyde Kluttz

1952 Topps Set (Baseball)

Clyde left Catawba College in 1938 to play pro ball. In 1941, he hit .336 at Sacramento and the Braves drafted him for 1942. He saw service with the Giants, Cardinals and Pirates, hitting .279 in '44, .285 in '45, .271 in '46 and .302 in '47. In 1949, the Pirates sent Clyde to Indianapolis and in '50 at Baltimore he hit .291 and made the International League All-Star Team. The Browns brought him back to the majors in '51 and traded him to the Senators.

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.
Miguel Cabrera

2014 Topps Gypsy Queen Set (Baseball)

He didn't repeat his Triple Crown in 2013, but Miguel was the first righty hitter in either League since Rogers Hornsby to take three straight batting titles.

Anthony Rendon

2019 Topps Heritage Set (Baseball)

Anthony paced the National League in doubles last season. He hiked his batting average for the third consecutive year to finish No. 4 in the circuit.

Anthony led NL 3rd sackers in FLD% (.981) in 2018.
Mike Schmidt

1980 Topps Set (Baseball)

Hit 4 straight Homers in July of 1979 to accomplish feat for the second time in career with Phillies. Went into 1979 All-Star break leading majors with 31 round-trippers.

Mike hit double and triple in the 1979 All-Star game at Seattle.
Harry Agganis

1955 Topps Set (Baseball)

A former All-American passing star for Boston University, Harry signed a Red Sox bonus contract in 1953. At Louisville that year, he hit .281 and proved he was just as much a top-notcher on the diamond as he was on the gridiron. Last season he came to Boston and led the American League's First Basemen in Assists. Harry's importance will grow each year with experience.

What is a "clothes line" drive in baseball? ANS.: A high line drive.
Eddie Murray

1979 Topps Set (Baseball)

Led Florida State League first basemen with 1114 Putouts, 51 Assists, 1165 Chances Accepted and 113 Double Plays at Miami during the course of '74 season.

What happened April 15, 1968? Astros defeated Mets, 1-0 in 24 innings.
"Van" Mungo

1940 Play Ball Set (Baseball)

Should Van Mungo make the comeback he has promised for 1940, the Brooklyn Dodgers will be even more dangerous than last year when they finished a surprising third. A lame arm has troubled Mungo for two seasons but the kinks seem to have worked themselves out and off his training camp showings, he may once more become the pitcher he was when he was "Strikeout King" of the National League. Last year, Mungo appeared in only 14 games, winning 4 and losing 5. Mungo is and has always been a hard-working pitcher, bearing down all the time. He started pitching full games at the age of 14, with "Buck" Newsom one of his rivals. His dad was a former Sally League pitching star, so Van comes of his baseball heritage naturally. He is one of the heaviest hitting pitchers in the league, batting .345 last year and appearing as a pinch-hitter in 15 games.

Frank Baumholtz

1952 Bowman Set (Baseball)

Batted well over .300 for most of 1951 season, but a late slump caused Frank to wind up with a .284 average. With Los Angeles in 1950. Won the PCL batting crown with a high-flying .379. First played major-league baseball with Reds in 1947. Traded to Cubs in 1949.

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.

Madison Bumgarner

2014 Topps Heritage Set (Baseball)

Madison oozes consistency. In 2013, he became the sixth pitcher in Giants history to deliver three seasons with at least 12 wins and 185 strikeouts. He's made at least 30 starts every year since 2011, has thrown 15 scoreless innings in World Series competition and, in '13, added an MLB All-Star Game selection to his resume.

<adison twirled his first career shutout on June 28, 2012.
Hal H. Dixon

1955 Bowman Set (Baseball)

Officially purchased from American Association April 11, 1953 after working full schedule of National League Grapefruit League games on trial... had fling as pitcher in 1939, appeared in 18 games with Salem-Roanoke of Virginia League... also appeared briefly that year with South Boston of Bi-State League... entered umpiring profession in class-D Evangeline League in 1948... advanced to class-B Tri-State League in 1949 and jumped to American Association in August, 1951... born 1920, Mount Vernon Springs, N. C.

Has a fair ball ever been hit out of Yankee Stadium? Do rules limit the size of the catcher's mitt? How many one hit Series games have there been? No. No. Three.
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.
Vic Wertz

1951 Bowman Set (Baseball)

Tied a major league record in 1950 for the most home runs in 5 consecutive games by slamming 7. Hit .308 in 149 games. Had 37 doubles, 4 triples, 27 home runs. Among the league leaders in runs batted in with 123. Vic was a combination pitcher-outfielder for Buffalo during part of 1943. Then he entered the service. Rejoined the Bisons in 1946. Joined the Tigers in 1947. In 1949, hit .304 in 155 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.
Ryan Zimmerman

2005 Bowman Heritage Set (Baseball)

Ryan, the 4th overall pick in the 2005 1st-Year Player Draft after his outstanding career at Virginia, raced all the way to the Major Leagues in his rookie pro season. He combined to hit .350 at Savannah Single-A and Harrisburg Double-A. He also showcased exceptional defensive abilities at 3rd base and shortstop to earn a September call-up to Washington.

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.

Ted Kubiak

1970 Topps Set (Baseball)

Ted led Florida State League shortstops in Putouts, Assists, Chances Accepted & DP's in 1961 and made the All-Star team. Also made All-Star team in 1963 as he was 9th in Batting in Northwest League.

Ted' biggest thrill in baseball was going to spring training with KC, 1962.
Matt Holliday

2013 Topps Heritage Set (Baseball)

Matt went on some wicked streaks in 2012. One in which he went 33-for-64 (.516 AVG) included a 15-game hitting spree. In another, he reached base in 34 straight starts.

Who's had the most multi-homer games since 2000?
Leon Wagner

1960 Topps Set (Baseball)

MAY 26: With S.F. Leon's grand slam pinch homer beats Dodgers 6-4. MAY 28: He triples in 8th and scores winning run against Cards. JUNE 6: Belts 3 run HR vs. Reds. JUNE 22: His 2 run triple tops Pitt. AUG. 10: Pinch hits single in 9th to start winning rally against Cards. DEC. 15: Traded to the Cardinals.

In 1956, Leon hit 51 homers at Danville
Cesar Cedeno

1971 Topps Set (Baseball)

Cesar has the potential to be a super-star. Regarded as a "complete" ballplayer, he led Carolina League with 32 Doubles, 1969 while he stole 24 bases. Also led Fla. Instr. Loop in Doubles, 1969.

Eldon Auker

1941 Play Ball Set (Baseball)

Among the most notable comebacks of 1940 you'll find the name of Elden Auker, pitcher with the St. Louis Browns. Auker was sold to the Browns in the winter of 1940 by the Boston Red Sox. With the Red Sox he failed to display the stuff that had made him one of the best moundsmen on the staff of the Detroit Tigers. The switch to the Browns seemed to put new life into the lanky Kansan - he won 16 and dropped only 11 for a percentage of .593, his top effort in three seasons.

Wilmer "Billy" Shantz

1955 Bowman Set (Baseball)

Wilmer, brother of the Athletics' pitcher Bobby, appeared in 51 games for the Philadelphia team in 1954, hitting .256. He had 42 hits for 60 total bases. These included 9 doubles, 3 triples and 1 homer, and he batted in 17 runs, scoring 13. Billy and Bobby look a great deal alike. He didn't have much opportunity to catch his brother in 1954, since Bobby's sore arm prevented him from working for the A's. With Ottawa in 1953 Billy was in 105 games, hitting .227.

Willie Stargell

1971 Topps Set (Baseball)

One of NL's top sluggers, Willie led Bucs in Homers & RBI's last season. Tied major league record, 8-1-70 with 5 Extra Base Hits in one game. Ranks 3rd on all-time Pirate Homer list.

Dusty Rhodes

1957 Topps Set (Baseball)

Dusty saw only limited action last year as the Giants shifted their outfield around in an attempt to find a winning combination. A powerful swing-from-the-heels type of batter, Dusty can sock 'em out of the park when a run is most needed. In the '54 Series he won 3 games against the Indians by belting 2 homers and ringing up a nifty .667 mark.

Which team once scored 15 runs in the first inning? Ans: Brooklyn Dodgers vs. Redlegs in 1952.
Ferris Fain

1952 Topps Set (Baseball)

The American League's 1951 Batting Champ! Although W his father trained him to be a boxer - he used to challenge carnival fighters - Ferris developed into a top-notch baseball player. This was the first time he hit over .300 since he came up to the majors with the A's in 1947. A member of the 1951 Major League All-Star Team, he set the big league record for 1st basemen taking part in 194 double plavs in 1949.

Greg Smith

2008 Upper Deck Timeline Set (Baseball)

With a 1.19 WHIP over his first three seasons in the Minors, Smith has shown the ability to keep hitters off base. av The left-hander also averaged over 100 strikeouts per season from 2005-07, proving that he can rear back and come up with a big punchout when he needs to. He sparkled with a 2-1 record and 2.54 ERA over his first six ML starts in '08.

Tim Cullen

1971 Topps Set (Baseball)

Tim tied an AL mark for 100 or more games with .994 Fldg. Pct. at 2nd base, 1970. Led PCL shortstops with 462 Assists at Hawaii, 1965, & hit .295 there in 1966, finishing year with Nats. Briefly with Chisox.

Honus Wagner

2022 Topps Gypsy Queen Set (Baseball)

Despite his bowed legs, Honus added six stolen base titles to his eight batting crowns, His 723 swipes rank 10th all time; his 3,420 hits stand eighth.