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D.J. LeMahieu

2016 Topps Set (Baseball)

At 6-foot-4, D.J. is the tallest player to staff second base for 100 or more games in a season since George "High Pockets" Kelly in 1925. "The hardest part for me was people questioning if I could actually play the position at 6-foot-4, but I feel like my height is an advantage," said LeMahieu. "The [Colorado Rockies were the first team to ever give me that chance."

Alek Manoah

2023 Topps Set (Baseball)

Alek is one of the nastier assignments for batters, who must contend not only with four quality pitches (all of which held batters to a .225 or lower AVG in 2022), but his relentless insistence to work in their "kitchens." He and Jose Guzman are the pitchers in Blue Jays annals to have earned the "W" in at least 20 of their first 40 career MLB starts.

Hideki Matsui

2009 Upper Deck Set (Baseball)

The Yankees have made countless key acquisitions, and Matsui has been another impressive addition since he joined the club. He's driven in over 100 runs four times.

Jacob deGrom

2022 Topps Gypsy Queen Set (Baseball)

As of July 7 - the date of Jacob's final 2021 start - he led the Majors with his 1.08 ERA, 148 strikeouts, 1.08 walks per nine innings and 0.554 WHIP.

Ted Kazanski

1954 Topps Set (Baseball)

Ted was hitting .290 for Baltimore of the International League in 1953, when the Phils called him up to take over at short for the last half of the season. He proved that he could field with the best. Just two years before he became a Big Leaguer, Ted was at Terre Haute and in 1952, he played for Schenectady, where he hit .254 and 10 Homers.

Because Ted was such a great schoolboy athlete, all major league teams wanted to sign him. But the Phils outsmarted the others by signing him at midnight on his graduation day!
Bob Gibson

1984 Fleer Set (Baseball)

Did you know? Nickname is Hoot ... Captain of Baseball team at Bloomsburg State College (Pa.)

Pete Alonso

2023 Topps Heritage Set (Baseball)

His 78 RBI before the MLB All-Star Game break set a new Club record. First player since Hank Aaron (9-13- 56) to have game-winning RBI in both games of a road doubleheader, 7-16-22.

Two-time T-Mobile Home Run Derby Winner.
Darick Hall

2023 Topps Heritage Set (Baseball)

First Club player in 100 years with three HRS in first three career games. Homered over the CF batter's eye, a first at Citizens Bank Park since 2019.

Had 25 HRs in first 348 ABs between MiLB/MLB.
Hanser Alberto

2021 Topps Heritage Set (Baseball)

The Orioles have struggled in recent years, but they have done a good job picking up players like Hanser for nothing. The first month of 2020: Hanser was batting.321; Rio Ruiz had six homers in 72 at-bats: Anthony Santander had nine in 101: Pedro Severino had 19 RBI in 21 games. All were acquired via waivers.

What's the team record for most consecutive shutouts thrown? 5 (Most recently the 1996 Orioles).
Chad Curtis

1999 Topps Set (Baseball)

For the last two seasons, Chad has been that rare impact player as a part-timer. He can draw a walk, steal a base, hit a key homer or make the spectacular catch.

Noah Syndergaard

2022 Topps Heritage Set (Baseball)

Noah will hope to recapture his form as one of the game's hardest throwers after pitching just two innings the past two seasons due to elbow woes. He's also tied for fourth place behind former teammate Shohei Ohtani for most roundtrippers (six) among active pitchers who pitched in 35+ games.

Batter's hit .203 vs. Noah's 90-MPH slider in 2019.
Walt Bond

1963 Topps Set (Baseball)

Walt, besides being capable in the outfield, can also play first base. He was sent to Jacksonville late in April.

Walt is an expert billiard player
Rafael Montalvo

1991 Bowman Set (Baseball)

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

Josh Beckett

2007 Topps Set (Baseball)

On May 20, 2006, right after Josh homered against Philadelphia, his teammates - as a prank - did not congratulate him. Said Alex Gonzalez. "Everybody (said), 'Don't shake hands with him.' It was funny."

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
Adolfo Phillips

1966 Topps Set (Baseball)

A good outfielder with a strong arm, Adolfo also sports excellent speed. The youngster revealed his batting prowess in the minor leagues when he came up with three consecutive seasons of .300 ball. Adolfo was selected to two minor league All-Star squads. Look for this youngster to blossom into a star in the next seasons.

Adolfo once scored 6 runs in a game
Adley Rutschman

2023 Topps Set (Baseball)

Following a brief acclimation period to big-league pitching in 2022, Adley booked a .924 OPS and ripped 32 extra-base hits over a 60-game span beginning June 10. He also rated among the top five catchers in Baseball in pitch-framing and pop time. Not coincidentally, the Orioles went 38-22 during that stretch to surge into the thick of the AL Wild Card race.

Dave Lopes

1978 Topps Set (Baseball)

One of baseball's best base-stealers, Dave not only has the knowledge and the speed but also the quick acceleration. He had 27 Stolen Bases in the final 35 games of the 1976 campaign.

"Play Ball" Played By Two. Double.
Bryan Reynolds

2023 Topps Set (Baseball)

"Mr. Everything" for the Pirates in 2022, Bryan was the Club leader in games, runs, hits, homers (including three in one game on June 29 at Washington), RBI, triples, walks, AVG, OBP, SLG and OPS. To cap the list, he received their Roberto Clemente Award (which salutes the team MVP) by the Pittsburgh chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America.

Gorman Thomas

1982 Donruss Set (Baseball)

Stormin' Gorman Thomas is one of baseball's most exciting performers. He is a premier home run slugger and a gifted defensive outfielder with excellent speed and a fine arm. Originally signed by the Brewers in 1969 when they were the Seattle Pilots, he spent six seasons in the minors and was even briefly traded away to Texas before making the majors. It was a spectacular season at Spokane in 1977 in which he hit .322 with 36 homers and 114 RBI that earned him a shot with the Brewers.

Ken Boyer

1962 Topps Set (Baseball)

The All-Star third baseman of the Cards had the best season of his big league career in 1961. Finishing third in the N.L. in hitting, Ken has batted over 300 for four consecutive years. He led the Cardinals with 24 homers and 95 RBI's last season.

KEN FLEXES HIS MUSCLES. Ken smashed 6 RBIs in a game against Pittsburgh last season.
Dale Long

1958 Topps Set (Baseball)

Dale joined the Cubs last season after playing 7 games at Pittsburgh. He posted the highest Cub batting mark and hit over 20 homers for the 2nd straight season. As a pinch hitter, Dale batted .333.

Dale set a record of 8 homers in 8 straight games... ...Yet first broke in a a pitcher!
Felix Bautista

2023 Topps Heritage Set (Baseball)

Closer entrance is Omar's whistle from "The Wire," set in Baltimore, followed by a light show. Allowed batters a .167 average with a 34.8% K rate.

Felix threw 40 pitches 100+ MPH.
Jake McCarthy

2022 Topps Set (Baseball)

Author of a pair of 20-steal seasons on the farms, Jake unleashed previously latent power in the high Minors in 2021. That helped him earn a late-August call-up. On September 20, he bashed his first home run.

Orlando Cepeda

1962 Topps Set (Baseball)

Orlando alternates between first base and outfield duties during the baseball season. In 1955 he hit .393 for Kokomo in the minors, where he won the batting title. Winner of the N.L. Rookie of the Year Award in '58 at San Francisco, Orlando led the league with 38 doubles.

CHAMPION OF THE N.L. Orlando won the Home Run (46) & RBI (142) titles in N.L. last year.
Larry Doby

1952 Topps Set (Baseball)

Larry came straight from semi-pro ball and became an Indian regular in 1947. A great all-around athlete in High School and Long Island University, he hit .301 in '48, his first full season in the majors. In the '48 World Series, Larry hit .318 in 6 games. He dropped to .280 in '49, but walloped 24 Homers. The next year, he hit .326, 25 Home Runs and drove in 102 runs. Bothered by a pulled leg muscle in '51, he still ranked 2nd in Slugging in the American League.

Max Kepler

2017 Stadium Club Set (Baseball)

Max, 23, established himself in 2016 as a core player for the Twins. His first home run was a walk-off on June 12; his fourth and fifth produced a team rookie-record seven RBI on July 2; and his 12th through 14th all came in the same game on August 1.

Julio Urias

2023 Topps Set (Baseball)

After a halting start in 2022 following his spectacular '21 season, Julio went on one of his patented tears of unbeatability. In a dozen starts from June 12 to August 15, he went 10-1 with a 2.08 ERA.

Gary Alexander

1979 Topps Set (Baseball)

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

"Hoot" Evers

1952 Topps Set (Baseball)

"Hoot" set the American League Fielding Record for Outfielders in '50 with .997, making only 1 error in 341 chances. In 1950, he hit .323, drove in 103 runs and hit a Homer in every American League Stadium as he clouted 21 four-baggers. With 3 years of minor league ball and 3 years of service in the Army Air Forces behind him, the University of Illinois star joined the Tigers in 1946. In '48, he hit .314 and had 103 RBI's, and batted .303 in 1950.

Madison Bumgarner

2022 Donruss Set (Baseball)

Long one of the best-hitting pitchers in his league, Bumgarner climbed a unique statistical category in 2021. He clubbed a pair of home runs, the sixth consecutive full season in which he had multiple homers. That brought him to 18 for his career, tied with Cy Young for 15th on the all-time list among pitchers.

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.
Carl Furillo

1958 Topps Set (Baseball)

Carl has been as much a part of the Dodgers' pennant success since 1947, as any other individual. Always a dangerous, high average hitter, Carl won the National League batting title in 1953 with an average of .344.

His rifle throws from right field have cut down many foolhardy runners. He's won countless games with late inning clutch homers.
Bill Skowron

1963 Topps Set (Baseball)

Moose hit a grand slam homer in the 1956 World Series.

Bill came from the Yankees last winter.
Vern Law

1960 Topps Set (Baseball)

APR. 18: Vern beats Braves. He contributed homer to aid his own cause. APR. 26: Downs Phils with 3 hits. JUNE 19: Shuts out Cards with 4 hits, 6-0. JULY 2: Pitches 10 inns. giving 7 hits to beat Braves 4-3. AUG. 14: Stops Braves on 5 hitter. AUG. 28: Blanks Phils. Strikes out 7. SEPT. 20: Tops Reds 10-1 on 6 hits.

Vern had the 2nd best won-lost pct. in the N.L. last season
Eddie Joost

1951 Topps Set (Baseball)

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

Richie Ashburn

1952 Bowman Set (Baseball)

Had a great year for the Phils in 1951. Compiled a .344 batting average, which was second best in the league. Led the league in base hits with 221 and in singles with 181. Began in organized baseball in 1945 with the Phils' Utica farm club. His rookie year in the majors was 1948.