Saturday, August 8, 2015


While I understand that Topps was probably scrambling for Royals players to represent on their 1970 set after the inaugural season out in Kansas City, I'm still scratching my head over their inclusion of former second baseman Billy Harris.
First, let's take a look at his '70 Topps card:

Harris saw very little action in 1969, playing in 5 games, with seven plate appearances (all official at-bats) and two hits. Strange to see he was given a slot in this set, no?
In 1968 he came up with the Cleveland Indians, playing in 38 games with 94 plate appearances, giving you the entirety of his Major League career.
His final numbers: 43 games with 110 plate appearances, 101 of which were official at-bats.
He collected 22 hits, good for a .218 final average, with 11 runs scored and three runs batted in.
Among those 22 hits were six doubles and a triple, with a couple of stolen bases thrown in.
Yeah I get that the new Royal team had to be represented, but looking at their 1969 roster I see a few guys who could have gotten a card over him. Odd.


  1. He was probably a guy they had photo of and was still on the roster in spring of 1970 lol. Those expansion years and year afters had to be a pain for Topps.

  2. The cartoon on the back said "Billy was plagued by injuries last year". I suppose that would be Topps' justification for including him.

    1. I hear you. But for example, Hawk Taylor was left off the 1970 set and HE played in 64 games during the 1969 season. Can't figure out that selection process for the life of me.
      I'm sure they had a method to their madness, but man, I wish I knew what it was! ;)

    2. Sometimes it seems as if the folks preparing the set had no idea about baseball and weren't familiar with the status of up-and-comers, average players and older players on their way out.

  3. In the 1967 set, Topps gave Bruce Brubaker his own card, despite having ZERO prior major-league experience.



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