Sunday, September 29, 2013

1963 Topps AL Stolen Base Leaders: Aparicio, Hinton, Wood, Charles, Howser

 In the spirit of full-disclosure, this card shows the top 4 SB leaders and 1 of the 3 players tied for 5th place. There were a couple leader cards in the 1963 set that had a 3rd player on the bottom row but none with 4 players. I just thought it wouldn't look right so I kept to a 5 player limit.

The average number of stolen bases for an American League team in 1962 was 56. The only 4 teams with more than 56 stolen bases are represented on this card.

The Chicago White Sox had 76 stolen bases led by Hall of Famer Luis Aparicio with 31. Jim Landis (who is not pictured on this card) was tied for 5th in the AL with 19 stolen bases.

The "new" Washington Senators led AL teams with 99 stolen bases. They were led by outfielder Chuck Hinton and had a total of 16 players with at least 1 stolen base.

The Detroit Tigers had a total of 69 stolen bases. 24 of them belonged to second baseman, Jake Wood.

The Kansas City Athletics stole 76 bases and had 3 players in the top 5 list. Third baseman, Ed Charles was #4 in the AL with 20. Shortstop, Dick Howser and rookie outfielder Jose Tartabull (not pictured) were in a three-way tie for 5th with Jim Landis

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