Thursday, August 10, 2017

1975 IN ACTION: ROD CAREW

The next 1975 “In Action” card up in my thread is none other than the great Rod Carew, penultimate hitter of that generation as he was racking up batting titles while with the Minnesota Twins:


Carew was on his way to a fourth straight title in 1975, and fifth in seven years when he’d bat a cool .359 while also leading the league in On-Base-Percentage with a .421 mark.
He would have two more titles ahead of him, including his mesmerizing run at .400 in 1977 when he ended up at .388 and an American League MVP Award and an eleventh-straight all-star birth.
As a matter of fact, Carew would be named to the A.L. All-Star team for 18-straight years between 1967 and 1984, every single year of his career except his last in 1985 when he collected his 3000th hit while batting .280 at the age of 39.
The man was a hitting machine, and his .328 career average attests to that, along with his Hall of Fame induction in 1991 in his 1st year of eligibility, being named to 90.5% of ballots cast (42 ballots managed to leave him off if you can imagine!).

3 comments:

  1. Awesome! One my favorite hitters from that era, magic with the bat.

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  2. Sweet custom! As a fan of contact hitters... it surprisingly took a few decades for me to truly appreciate Carew. A few days ago I actually made the decision to start collecting his cards.

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  3. He didn't swing a bat. He used a magic wand at the plate! So much fun to watch hit.

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