Swings and misses

Scan 169
1959 Topps

Three more cards came back without completed surveys. Pete Daley was a backup catcher, mostly for the Boston Red Sox, from 1955-1961. A career .237 hitter, Daley played more than 70 games three times for three different teams (Boston, the Kansas City A’s and the Washington Senators.

Pete Daley – career stats

Scan 168
1959 Topps

Also a catcher, Romano had a different type of run through the majors, one that included two trips to the All-Star Game. A veteran of 10 seasons, Romano’s career hit its zenith in 1961 and 1962 when he was playing for the Indians. He hit .299 with 21 home runs for Cleveland in 1961when he earned his first all-star selection. He also received MVP votes that year. In 1962 Romano hit 25 home runs to go with 81 RBI and a .261 average, going to his second All-Star Game in the process. For his career, Romano hit .255 with 129 home runs. He was a member of the White Sox 1959 World Series team.

John Romano career stats

1959 Topps

A two-time 20-game winner, Jay pitched for 13 years in the major leagues. He was an all star for Cincinnati in 1961, going 21-10 with a 3.53 ERA in 247 innings pitched. Jay finished fifth in the National League MVP voting that season. He won 21 games the following year for the Reds as well. With the exception of an 11-11 campaign for Cincinnati in 1964, those were the only two seasons Jay’s win total crossed into double digits. He pitched for the Reds’ 1961 World Series team that lost to the Yankees. He is a member of the Reds’ Hall of Fame.

Joey Jay – career stats


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