Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Topps Cards That Never Were: 1978 Brooks Robinson

It appears that I am on a roll, but appearances are deceiving. I am having trouble finding pictures of several HOFers in their final seasons (e.g., Perry with the Royals and Wilhelm with the Dodgers), so I guess I'm putting a call out to others to see if they can find pics of these players in those unis.

Anyways, I'm heading to Washington today, so I need to post early before I head out. Next up would be a card that Collective Troll should have had to collect. The 1978 set should have had a Brooks Robinson card besides the lame Topps attempt at highlighting a HOFer's final season.

Brooks, better known as the Vacuum Cleaner, is and probably always will be the best fielding third baseman in the history of baseball. Since his playing days ended, no one has ever come close to matching his fielding prowess. Third base now is a glorified 1st base position. All power and little substance.

Brooks owned the Gold Glove from 1960 until 1975 and earned every bit of a it. 2,697 put outs at third and a .971 fielding percentage. Hot corner awesomeness.

Brooks was also decent at the plate coming painfully shy of the 3,000 hit mark. Also, not many players begin their career at the young age of 18 anymore.

Not much time, so here is Brooks' 1978 Topps card...

Dig that Orange

Here are Brooks' stats from 1977:

YEAR CLUB G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI AVG
1977 Orioles
24
47
3
7
2
0
1
4
.149

3 comments:

gcrl said...

i really like the brooks!

i did a 73 wilhelm a while back using a team issue postcard photo

http://garveyceyrusselllopes.blogspot.com/2009/05/hoyt-wilhelm-final-tribute-card-that.html

btw, i'm still up for a trade - let me know!

Johngy said...

Love it.

White Sox Cards said...

Awesome orange! Great job, as usual! :)

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