Friday, September 27, 2013

1963 Topps NL RBI Leaders: Davis, Mays, Robinson, Aaron, Howard

Here is another league leader card that never was that is full of Hall of Famers. In 1964 Topps would add the RBI leader card to their set, but in 1963 it was still conspicuously missing.

The NL RBI leader was Tommy Davis of the Dodgers with 153. Davis also led the league in batting average and total hits. He made the All Star team for the 1st time in 1962. He was the starting left fielder in both games but was 0 for five overall.

Willie Mays had a career high of 141 RBIs but that was only good enough for second in the NL. Over his career, Mays had 1903 RBIs which puts him at #11 on the All-Time list.

Frank Robinson was 3rd with 136 which was also a personal best. Robinson led the league in extra-base hits in 1962.

The All-Time RBI leader, Hank Aaron drove in 128 runs in 1962 for the Braves.

Frank "Hondo" Howard was the only one of these five not selected to the 1962 All Star squad. This despite his 31 Homers, 119 RBIs and a .296 batting average.

1 comment:

  1. Nice work, I have done some of my own in the 1971 Topps Greatest Moment format:
    Clayton Kershaw
    Matt Harvey
    Andrew McCuthchen
    Bryce Harper
    Mike Trout

    I also did one football one that way as well: RG III