Wednesday, May 24, 2017

FUTURE STARS- FRED LYNN

The next “Future Stars” card in my thread is Fred Lynn, who burst onto the Major League stage and never looked back:


After a star college career at USC, Lynn became an instant star in 1975 when he led the Boston Red Sox to the World Series after copping both the Rookie of the Year AND Most Valuable Player Awards. The first player ever to do so, and still only one of two (Ichiro Suzuki joined him in 2001).
He’d go on to win four Gold Gloves, get named to nine all-star teams, and hit the only Grand Slam in All-Star game history, a memorable shot off of Atlee Hammaker in the 1983 classic that gave the American League it’s first win over the National League since 1971.
Hampered by injuries throughout his 17-year career, he still finished with a very solid MLB resume: 306 homers, 1111 RBI’s, 1063 runs scored and a .283 batting average, with 10 seasons of 20+ homers over 1969 games.

3 comments:

  1. Great card for a great player. So close to being Hall-worthy. His 1979 season was monstrous yet he finished 4th in the MVP voting.

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    1. That 1979 overall in the A.L. was amazing: Lynn, Rice, Singleton, Baylor, Porter, Brett, Grich, etc etc etc. Underrated!

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  2. Sweet looking card!

    Most likely would have made the Hall had he not been so reckless when playing defense - too many shots of running into the wall to make a play. Great player nonetheless!

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