Friday, March 22, 2013

1963 Topps All Stars - The American League Infield

1963 Topps Jim Gentile AS

In 1960 the Orioles made a clean sweep of the Rookie of the Year votes. 2nd baseman, Ron Hansen got 22 votes. Pitcher Chuck Estrada and 1st baseman Jim Gentile each received 1 vote. All 3 were also selected to the All Star team that year. "Diamond" Jim was the only repeat All Star among the three. He played in all 6 All Star games from 1960 through 1962. His impact however was minimal, garnering only 2 hits in 13 plate appearances. One of those hits came in the second game in 1962. 

1963 Topps Billy Moran AS

1962 was a career year for Billy Moran. He had career highs in homers (17), RBIs (74) and batting average (.282). He made his only All Star appearances, hitting safely in both games. He was 1 of 4 L.A. Angels receiving MVP votes in 1962. In only their 2nd year, the Angels finished 3rd in the A.L. with 86 wins and 76 losses.

1963 Topps Luis Aparicio AS

In game one, Aparicio led off the bottom of the 3rd with a triple to deep centerfield. He was stranded there after Don Drysdale mowed down the next three batters. Lee Thomas and Rich Rollins popped out harmlessly to the infield, then Billy Moran struck out. He went hit-less in the rest of his All Star at bats in 1962.

1963 Topps Rich Rollins AS

Another player making his only All Star team, Rich Rollins hit safely in both games. Rollins played with the Twins from 1961-1968 then was selected by the Seattle Pilots in the expansion draft.

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