Wednesday, November 13, 2013

1971 Topps All Star Cards : American League Outfield

1971 Topps Frank Robinson All-Star

Robinson started the game in right field then moved to left in the 5th to make room for Tony Oliva, then was replaced by Willie Horton in the bottom of the 6th. For the most part he was a non-factor in the game, striking out twice and grounding out. In the field, only one ball was hit to him, a fly-out off the bat of Dick Allen in the bottom of the first.

1971 Topps Carl Yastrzemski All-Star

Yaz, on the other hand went 4 for 6 with an RBI and a run scored. He ended up being the MVP despite losing to the NL. He was the 2nd All Star game MVP to play for the losing team. Brooks Robinson was the first in 1966 and no player has accomplished that feat since.

1971 Topps Frank Howard All-Star

1970 was Frank Howard's 3rd consecutive start in the All Star outfield as well as his third consecutive 40+ HR, 100+ RBI season. His All Star game record is not quite as impressive. He had only one hit in 4 All Star games. But it was an impressive hit, a solo homer in front of his home crowd at the newly renamed Robert F. Kennedy Stadium in 1969. In the 1970 All Star game he struck out and popped out in 2 plate appearances.

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