Swings and misses

1961 Topps

Chuck Cottier played nine years in the big leagues, breaking in with the Milwaukee Braves in 1959 and finishing with the California Angels in 1969. He hit .194 in his career with 19 home runs. His best season came for the Washington Senators in 1962 when he hit .242 with six home runs and 14 stolen bases. Cottier was later a coach and managed the Seattle Mariners from 1984-1986.

1962 Topps

Ted Wills pitched in 83 games for the Boston Red Sox, Cincinnati Reds and Chicago White Sox from 1959-1965. He won eight games and saved five with a 5.51 ERA. His best year was his last, when he posted a 2.84 to go along with a couple wins, for the White Sox.

1981 Fleer

An all star in 1977, Wayne Gross played for 11 seasons, mostly for the Oakland A’s, hitting  .233 with 121 home runs. He hit .233 in 1977, but blasted 22 home runs, to reach the All-Star Game. His home runs and the 66 runs he scored that season were personal bests. Gross hit 22 home runs again for the Baltimore Orioles in 1984. He set his career high in RBIs that season with 64.

Published by Chris

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

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