Saturday, October 3, 2015

DEDICATED ROOKIE- 1973 DWIGHT EVANS

Time to go ahead and give long time Red Sox star outfielder Dwight Evans, aka "Dewey" a "dedicated rookie card" in the 1973 set:


His rookie card in that 1973 set was a shared slab alongside two other promising players: Al Bumbry (eventual 1973 A.L. Rookie of the Year) and Charlie Spikes.
But it was Evans who was about to start a wonderful 20-year Major League career, 19 of which were with the Boston Red Sox patrolling their outfield alongside guys like Yastrzemski, Lynn and Rice, and enter some arguable Hall of Fame talk by the time he was done..
He appeared in 18 games during the 1972 season to get his first taste of the big leagues, but was here to stay once 1973 got going.
By the time he retired after the 1991 season, he collected over 2400 hits, 480 doubles, 380 homers, 1300 runs batted in and 1400 runs scored, all while posting a .272 batting average.
Oh yeah, he also went and took home eight Gold Gloves for his defensive work and had four years of top-10 MVP finishes when voting came around.
Funny enough it wasn't until he reached 30 years of age that he really started raking!
Beginning in 1981 (at 29 years old), he started putting up big time numbers, including four 100+ RBI seasons, five 25+ home run seasons and four 100+ runs scored seasons, the ONLY times he'd do ANY of that in his career!
Amazing.

2 comments:

  1. Love the card. Very underrated player

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  2. Great card. I can almost imagine this one being printed on higher grade white stock and pulling it from the 1973 Topps Update Set.

    And unlike some of the Topps reissues, you always pick period-accurate photos for the specific year you are highlighting

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