Today we move on to the 1972 Most Valuable Players in my “Awards” sub-set running through the decade, imagining if Topps would have had such a theme in their sets during the 1970’s:
Of course, in the National league we had Johnny Bench pretty much taking over the baseball world with his second MVP Award in three years,
and STILL only 24 years of age, when he slammed a league-leading 40
home runs with 125 runs batted in while taking the Cincinnati Reds back
to the World Series.
It was the beginning of the monster we’d get to know as the “Big Red
Machine”, with other future Hall of Fame members like Tony Perez and Joe
Morgan, along with Pete Rose. But it was Bench that was the on-field
general leading the way for one of the all-time great runs by an
He wasn’t all offense mind you, as evidenced by his fifth straight Gold
Glove. His fifth, and again I have to mention he was only 24! Incredible
Over in the American League, we had another former Rookie of the Year
winner in Chicago White Sox “thumper”, or should I say “Walloper”, in
Dick Allen, who came ever so close to taking home the Triple Crown with
his fantastic season.
All Allen did that year was lead the American League in homers (37),
runs batted in (113), walks (99), OBP (.420) and slugging (.603) while
missing out on the batting title by hitting .308 to Rod Carew’s .318.
Yep, that close to immortality in the baseball achievement category for
Two great players from the decade taking home baseball’s biggest prize
as far as personal awards go, a great season all around for fans.