Swings and misses

1966 Topps

A two-time all star, Jimmie Hall played for eight years in the majors, hitting .254 with 121 home runs for the Minnesota Twins, California Angels, Cleveland Indians, New York Yankees, Chicago Cubs and Atlanta Braves from 1963-1970. Hall blasted 33 home runs for the Twins as a rookie and finished third in the American League Rookie of the Year vote. He hit 25 home runs for Minnesota the next year and earned a trip to his first All-Star Game. He had what was arguably the best year of his career in 1965 when he hit .285 with 20 home runs while setting a career high with 86 RBIs. He made his second all-star trip that year and finished 13th in the MVP tally. He played in the World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers that season as well. Hall appeared in two games and had a hit in seven at bats as the Twins lost in seven games. Due to his struggles against left handed pitching, Hall saw his playing time wane and his power drop off precipitously in the years that followed. By 1968 he was a part-time player and two years later he was out of the majors for good.

1988 Fleer

Mike Stanley spent 15 years in the majors, playing for the Texas Rangers, New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, Toronto Blue Jays and Oakland A’s from 1986-2000. In 1,467 games he hit .270 with 187 home runs. He was an all star in 1995 and won the Silver Slugger in 1993 when he hit .305 with 26 home runs for New York. Stanley played in 20 postseason games and was particularly good, hitting .356 with a home run. On May 1, 1991, Stanley caught Nolan Ryan’s final career no hitter.

Published by Chris

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

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