2004 Topps Tribute, #43 - Mel Ott
If you're not familiar with Ott's career then do yourself a favor and check out the stats for this lifetime New York Giant and member of the 500 home run club. I'm most impressed with his counting stats and how many times he cracked the century mark in runs scored, runs batted in, and walks drawn.
1982 TCMA Baseball's Greatest Hitters, #20 - Harry Heilmann
Harry Heilmann was a 0.342 hitter and logged an OPS of 0.930 during a seventeen year career spent mostly with Detroit. Heilmann's nickname was Slug, and although he may have ran like one he sure didn't hit like one. Four times in his career he batted over 0.390, each time leading the AL.
1992 Conlon, #563 - Paul Waner
Paul Waner, aka Big Poison, swatted only nine, but he went on to win the NL MVP award.
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2003 Upper Deck SP Legendary Cuts, #24 - Chief Bender
Chief Bender, son to a white father and Native American mother, was the pitcher Connie Mack counted on to win the big game during the Philadelphia Athletics' early dynasty. Due to nagging injuries, Bender never cracked 300 innings like most star pitchers did during the Dead Ball Era, but he possessed a knack for coming through in the clutch. He was one of the early trailblazers in an all-white baseball world.
1990 Swell Baseball Greats, #6 - Dizzy Dean
Dizzy Dean. He led the league in strikeouts during four of those seasons, innings during three, and wins during two different seasons. Dean also finished as the runner-up for the MVP award twice and won it in 1934. He was known for a larger than life persona and was never at a loss for words. Dean started to have arm issues during his age 27 season and lasted parts of five more seasons, but never again cracked the 100 inning mark before retiring.
2012 Panini Cooperstown, #156 - Al Simmons
Al Simmons was a 0.334 lifetime hitter who hit 307 home runs just when they started to become en vogue. He was a complete hitter who could hit for average and for power, which often put him in the mix for most valuable player. He never won an MVP award, but don't hold that against him as he played in the same league as Ruth and Gehrig.
1980 TCMA Baseball Immortals, #69 - Bobby Wallace
Bobby Wallace's career started in 1894 as a pitcher for the Cleveland Spiders when he was twenty years old. In 1897 he switched to third base and hit 0.335, which was his career high batting average. He would play primarily at short for the duration of his twenty-five year career. Wallace played during the Dead Ball Era and the career 0.268 hitter only belted more than four home runs in a season once.
My favorite card on this page is the colorized short print Panini Cooperstown card of Al Simmons. Black and white photos are nice, but I really enjoy a parallel of a base card that does something more than just change the border color.
The card I would like most to upgrade would be the Conlon card of Big Poison. Baseball and nicknames have been intertwined forever, but sometimes I confuse Little Poison for Big Poison. Find me a card that says "Paul Waner" on the front and I'll be happy!
Thanks for stopping by for a look at this week's page. Next week we'll take a look at Joltin' Joe and the fella who hit the Homer in the Gloamin'. Stay tuned!