Tuesday, March 1, 2016

MISSING IN ACTION: 1971 CLEO JAMES

Here’s a “missing” 1971 Topps card for former Chicago Cubs player Cleo James, who actually appeared in 100 games for the Cubbies during the 1970 season:


James hit .210 in that time, collecting 37 hits over 176 at-bats, and scored 33 runs while driving in 14 with a dozen extra-base-hits while playing all three outfield positions.
Funny enough he’d appear in the 1972 Topps set with about half the playing time in 1971, so go figure. I could never figure Topps player selection out.
After 44 games for the Cubs in 1973 his career was over, playing parts of four seasons between 1968 and 1973 with the Los Angeles Dodgers and Cubs, finishing with a .228 average based on his 87 hits in 381 at-bats over 208 lifetime games.

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