Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Topps All-Star Misses: 1968 AL Battery

 In 1968, Topps had Gary Peters, Joel Horlen and Bill Freehan as the "68 Sporting News All Star Selections" for the American League LH pitcher, RH pitcher and catcher respectively.  Of these only Freehan was the actual '68 selection.  He was also the starter of the 1967 MLB All Star game. Let's see who Topps could've used used instead.

Dave McNally:
  • 1968 Sporting News All Star Selection
  • 5th in MVP voting 1968

Denny McLain:
  • 1968 Sporting News All Star Selection
  • 1968 Cy Young Award winner
  • 1968 AL MVP
  • 1968 MLB All Star game reserve

Dean Chance:
  • 13th in 1967 MVP voting
  • 1967 MLB All Star game starter

Who probably didn't merit inclusion in the 1968 Topps All-Star set, but was in it anyway?

Joe Horlen:

Joe Horlen had a great 1967 season.  He had a career high 19 wins. He led the league in ERA, shutouts and WHIP.  He was also an All Star reserve in 1967 but never left the bullpen. He wasn't selected to the MLB All Star team in 1968. He was neither a 1967 or 1968 Sporting News All Star.  As much as it pains me, another White Sox player just doesn't belong here.


  1. It's amazing that they didn't pick McLain after his extremely famous and celebrated 30 win season.