Saturday, October 2, 2021

Topps All-Star Misses: 1960 AL Outfield

 In 1960 Topps had Mantle, Maris and Kaline as its AL All Star outfielders.  All three of them started one of the 1959 ASGs.  Kaline started game one,  Maris and Mantle started the second game.  That left three other 1959 ASG starters that did not have All Star cards in the 1960 set.  Minnie Minoso was the most egregious offense. He not only started all four ASGS in 1959 and 1960, but he was also a Sporting News All Star in both 1959 and 1960.

Rocky Colavito started the first All Star game in 1959 and was a reserve in the second game.  He led the AL with 42 homers in 1959 and was 4th in MVP voting.

Ted Williams would get his last All Star start in the second ASG of 1959.  By 1960 he was already under contract with Fleer and wouldn't have another Topps card until his manager cards in 1969.

1 comment:

  1. Really like that Colavito card. 1959 was the first year they played 2 All Star games and the managers seem to take a little more liberty in the 2nd game by starting players that were not elected to start. I don't believe this happened as often in the later years with 2 games (1960-1962). Usually the changes in starters for the 2nd game in those 3 years were due to injuries to elected starters.