Swings and misses

1967 Topps

A member of the 1969 world champions, Art Shamsky played eight seasons in the majors, hitting .253 with 68 home runs for the Cincinnati Reds, New York Mets, Chicago Cubs and Oakland A’s from 1965-1972. Shamsky’s best season came for the Mets in 1969 as he helped them reach and win the World Series. He hit .300 that year with 14 home runs, then hit .538 in the NLCS against the Atlanta Braves. Shamsky is a member of the National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame. He runs a web site, artshamsky.com.

1976 Topps

Gene Locklear spent five seasons in the majors, playing for the Cincinnati Reds, San Diego Padres and New York Yankees from 1973-1977. In 292 games he hit .274 with nine home runs. His best year came for the Padres in 1975 when he hit .321 with five home runs in 100 games.

1982 Topps

John Martin pitched for four years, going 17-14 for the St. Louis Cardinals and Detroit Tigers from 1980-1983. He had his best year in 1981, posting an 8-5 mark with a 3.42 ERA for the Redbirds.

Published by Chris

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

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