Wednesday, April 3, 2013

1964 Topps All Stars - The National League Outfield

The start of the baseball season is upon us and so far both Chicago teams are undefeated. Did somebody say "Subway Series"? No? Anybody? Bueller?

Moving on. I was going to spread these out a bit but I liked making the 1963 All Stars so I'm jumping right into the '64s. If you want to see where I stole... er... "borrowed" this idea from go to The Baseball Card Blog.  He made All Star cards for 1965. Topps had All Star cards for 1958-62 then again for 1968-70. Then nothing again until 1974. I'm going to fill in the blanks. Here is my version of what the '64s might have looked like. 

1964 Topps Tommy Davis AS

In 1963 Tommy Davis once again started in left field. He played the first 8 innings, netting a hit and a walk in 4 plate appearances.  He also scored an unearned run in the 5th following an error by Bobby Richardson. He was replaced in the 9th inning by Duke Snider who was making the final All Star appearance of his Hall of Fame career. It was also his only All Star game as a Met. 

1964 Topps Willie Mays AS

Mays was the MVP of the 1963 All Star game. He went 1 for 3 with a walk, 2 RBIs, 2 runs scored and 2 stolen bases. In the 9th Roberto Clemente took over defensively in center.

Hank Aaron was the only difference in the starting outfield from the year before. He went 0 for 4 but reached base on a fielder's choice then scored on a single by MVP Willie Mays.

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