Monday, June 11, 2012

no. 61 - 1970 american league batting leaders

Who is the man: Alex Johnson is the man. He beat out Carl Yastrzemski for the 1970 American League batting title by .0003 of a point, one of the closest batting races in history.

Can ya dig it: I can dig these leaders subsets because you often get three stars on one card, but I can tell they're going to make for difficult posts to write.

Right on: These are among the greatest-looking leaders cards ever produced by Topps.

You see these cats are bad mothers: For fear of losing material when these players' individual cards come up, I am going to skip this category.

Shut your mouth: Alex Johnson robbed Carl Yastrzemski of a home run during the 1970 season, a home run that would have put Yaz over Johnson for the batting title. Johnson later admitted that a fan in the stands put the ball in his glove.

No on understand him but his woman: The year following Johnson's batting title, the Angels benched him, citing attitude issues. He was later indefinitely suspended. Although reinstated, he wouldn't play for the Angels again and never recovered the form he displayed in 1970.

(A word about the back): I love the in-depth listing of the leaders. Don Mincher, at .246, is a batting leader!!! Topps really needs to bring back the long lists on the backs of cards. Collectors love that stuff. ... Well, at least old collectors like me do.


  1. Two of the AL pitching leaders cards in the 1967 set show Earl Wilson in the top 3, during a season (1966) where he was traded from Boston to Detroit.

  2. I would love to see a list that long on the leaders card. I've never heard that story about the Johnson and the Yaz homer. Stinkin' fan.

  3. This long leader list reminds of the day they would list the hitting and pitching stats of all regular players in the Sunday paper in two columns; one for AL one for NL. Even though this information is readily availble on line now I do miss it.

  4. Used to get a kick out of these cardback lists and look to see where the first Mets players were. Usually well down, except for Seaver! Also fondly recall the sunday paper page with all the averages. I'd start getting the Sunday News again if they had those and a big section of funnies.