Friday, April 12, 2013

1964 Topps All Stars - The National League Battery

1964 Topps Jim O'Toole AS

Jim O'Toole had a great start to his 1963 season. He was 13-3 on June 20th and was named the starting pitcher for the NL All Stars. By the All Star break he was in the middle of a 6 game losing streak. He would end the season with a 17-14 record.

1964 Topps Ed Bailey AS

Ed Bailey played his 6th and final All Star game in 1963. In 2 plate appearances he walked and got a single to drive in Willie Mays. After the 1963 season he would be part of a 7 man trade with the Milwaukee Braves. That trade would bring 11 time All Star catcher Del Cranall to the Giants. Though only in their early 30s, both catchers were at the tail end of their careers. Crandall played part-time for the Giants, Pirates and Indians before retiring in 1966. Bailey would split time with Joe Torre on the Braves in 1964 before returning to the Giants then the Cubs before retiring in 1965.

1 comment:

  1. You found a nice picture of Jim O'Toole. Love that Reds' sleeveless jersey.