Wednesday, December 4, 2013

HALL OF FAME LEADERS VIII: 1973 BATTING LEADERS

By 1973 Topps decided it would no longer have statistical leader cards for the National and American leagues, but just portray the leader of both leagues on the same card.
It would remain this way for the rest of the decade and make for some classic leader cards featuring some of baseball's all-time greats.
Today we take a look at the 1973 Batting Leaders card (#61), which shows to of the game's best, Billy Williams of the Chicago Cubs and Rod Carew of the Minnesota Twins.
 
Topps' first year of dual league leaders.
 
Each lead their league in batting in 1972 and as such, we are given a nice card featuring two future Hall of Famers.
Billy Williams hit a robust .333 to pace the National league, also slamming 37 home runs and driving in 122 runs, good enough for an M.V.P. award most years if it wasn't for a guy in Cincinnati named Johnny Bench.
It would be the only batting title for "Billy from Whistler", but combined with all the other achievements during his 18 year baseball career he would be elected to Cooperstown's hallowed halls in 1987.
Next up we have the batting champ of the 1970's, Rod Carew. In 1972 Carew sported the lowest batting average of all his seven batting championships, but it would be the first of six batting titles in seven years! George Brett would break his string in 1976 by only two points! Or we'd be looking at seven titles in a row between 1972 and 1978.
Carew was a machine in the 70's and into the 80's, and was WELL on his way to Hall of Fame enshrinement on his first try in 1991.

1 comment:

  1. G I really love this theme. I always thought the leader cards were an easy way to get more cards of many of my favorite players. Perhaps you can expand this and create top-3 cards for each league for the years when they combined the two league leaders on one cards. Maybe use the format of the multiplayer rookie cards from that season.

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