Sunday, March 16, 2014

1973 Topps All Star Cards : National League Infield

The 1972 All Star game marked the 3rd appearance for Lee May and his only as a starter. It was also his only appearance in an Astros uniform. He singled in his first at bat and was stranded at first when Joe Torre struck out. But in the bottom of the 9th he hit into a fielder's choice that drove in Billy Williams to take the game into extra innings. He also made an impact on the field, turning a 3-6-3 double play and fielding an unassisted double play.

Joe Morgan made his first All Star start in 1972. It was also his first in a Reds uniform. In his 5th plate appearance of the game he got his 1st hit. It was a walk-off single in the bottom of the 10th and he was given MVP honors. 

Appearing in his 5th consecutive All Star game, Don Kessinger went 0 for 2. He was replaced by Chris Spier in a double switch in the 6th inning.

After putting up gaudy numbers and winning the NL MVP in 1971, Joe Torre's numbers dropped significantly. He went from hitting .363 with 137 RBIs in 1971 to hitting .289 with 81 RBIs in 1972. Still more than respectable and enough to earn him a spot on the All Star roster. 

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