Tuesday, June 4, 2013

1966 Topps All Star Cards : American League Outfield

While the 1963 N.L. All Star outfield was all Hall of Famers, there wasn't a single Hall member in the A.L. outfield.That is what I find so cool about All Star cards and for that matter, League Leader cards. Although these guys might not be household names, they were certainly regional favorites.

1966 Topps Willie Horton All Star
 Willie Horton was a promising player as a September call-up in 1963. He sputtered a bit in 1964 and spent most of the season proving himself again in the Minors. In 1965 he made his mark in the Majors, hitting 28 homers with 104 RBIs in his first full MLB season.

1966 Topps Vic Davalillo All Star

Vic Davalillo began playing pro ball for the Reds "D" League team in 1958. He was 21 years old. He played his last Major League game in 1980 at the age of 44 for the Los Angeles Dodgers. He was a Gold Glove center fielder in 1964.  In 1965 he made his only All Star appearance. He got a single in his first All Star at bat. He was the only player to reach first base on Juan Marichal.

1966 Topps Rocky Colavito All Star

After Marichal's near-perfect first 3 innings, The A.L.'s bats woke up. Rocky Colavito got the first RBI in the bottom of the 4th with a single off Jim Maloney. This was Rocky's 8th All Star game but his first as an Indian. He had previously represented Kansas City and Detroit in All Star games.

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