Swings and misses

We are back from the Thanksgiving break with a whole lot of new content ahead for this week! First, wanted to start with some signed cards we got back that, unfortunately, had no surveys.

1970 Topps

The man who guided the New York Mets to the 1986 World Series championship (breaking the hearts of many Boston Red Sox fans, myself included, in the process) Johnson was a heck of a player during his 13-year career. A four-time All Star, his best season came in 1973 with the Atlanta Braves when he blasted 43 home runs and drove in 99 runs. Johnson teamed with Darrell Evans (41) and Hank Aaron (40) to become the first trio to hit 40-plus home runs in the same season for the same team. The feat was not equalled until 1996 when Andres Galarraga (47), Vinny Castilla (40) and Ellis Burks (40) did it for the Colorado Rockies. Galarraga (41), Castilla (40) and Larry Walker (49) did it again the next season for the Rockies as well.

Davey Johnson – career stats

1965 Topps

A middle infielder like Johnson, Wine played Gold-Glove caliber defense for the Philadelphia Phillies and Montreal Expos from 1960-1972. A career .215 hitter, Wine did not have the power of Johnson either as he hit just 30 home runs in his entire career (or 13 fewer than Davey hit in 1973). Wine was also a coach and manager following his playing career. He skippered the 1985 Atlanta Braves and was a coach for the World Champion 1980 Philadelphia Phillies.

Bobby Wine – career stats

1968 Topps

Dobson was a solid starting pitcher for five seasons with the Kansas City and then Oakland A’s. Winning at least 10 games per year from 1967-1970, Dobson’s career peaked in 1971 as he went 15-5 with a 3.81 ERA for Oakland. An injury to his elbow effectively ended his career following that season. He appeared in just 15 big league games over the next four years and retired following a minor-league stint in 1976.

Chuck Dobson – career stats

Published by Chris

Writer, historian, father, intrepid traveller, journalist, aging punk ... I am actually in a Hall of Fame.

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