Let's go and give former first baseman Bill Buckner a "Dedicated Rookie Card" in the 1970 set shall we?
Buckner made his first appearance in a Major League uniform in 1969 with the Los Angeles Dodgers, getting into a single game and making one plate appearance.
However he would go on to play on the big league level straight on through to 1990, putting in seven .300+ seasons, winning a batting title while with the Cubs in 1980, posting three 100+ RBI years, reaching 200+ hits twice and leading the league in doubles in 1981 and 1983.
By the time he retired he collected over 2700 hits, with just under 500 doubles, 174 homers and 1208 runs batted in with a .289 career average.
What always got me with his career was the fact that in 9397 career at-bats, the man struck out only 453 times! Just awesome.
Some may even consider this career Hall-worthy. At the very least it can be argued, no?
"Billy Buck", a guy who is sadly remembered for one bad play instead of the great 22-year career…