Thursday, October 7, 2010

The Nitty Gritty Card of the Day

Today’s Nitty Gritty Card of the Day is card #15 from 1967 Topps baseball featuring Minnesota Twins catcher Earl Battey. If you thought that Joe Mauer was the first Twins backstop that could handle the bat, you would be incorrect… Battey's stats don't jump out at you, but consider the era when you look at numbers on the back of this 43 year old slab of cardboard. Battey lived behind the plate in Minnesota for 7 seasons and during his tenure he was a 5-time All Star (4 starts) and 3-time Gold Glove winner. His best output at the plate came in 1963 when he was in the top-10 in batting, homers and runs batted in with marks of:.285/26/84. He made one trip to the World Series in 1965, but his Twins fell to Sandy Koufax and the LA Dodgers. It was triumph enough that they kept the Yankees out of the postseason that year. Here is to hoping that Joe Mauer, Delmon Young and Jim Thome can send the Yankees home this year. I love this game, I love this hobby! 43 years later!

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