Tuesday, January 22, 2013

1972 Topps MVP Award - Joe Torre

In 1972 Topps released 6 "Awards" cards. These cards had pictures of the trophies on them.  I always thought that was kind of strange. Over the next few posts I will be putting pictures of the award winners on the cards.  I added facsimile autographs to identify the players while trying to keep the original look of the cards.

In 1971, Joe Torre had career highs in Runs, hits, total bases, RBIs, batting average and stolen bases. (He only stole 4 bases but it is still a career high.) Although Torre's career year yielded his only MVP award, it was not a fluke. In his 18 year playing career he was selected to 9 All Star squads, won a Gold Glove, was second in Rookie of the Year voting and received MVP votes in 7 different seasons. In his final playing season, he was named Player/Manager of the Mets. This he transitioned into a very successful managerial career. In 29 years at the helm, Torre was named Manager of the year twice and received Manager of the Year votes 15 times. He had 13 Divisional Championships, 6 Pennants and 4 World Series titles.

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