Thursday, March 10, 2011

Random Phillies cards of the Week

1968 Topps #225 Richie AllenRichie Allen (as Phillies Phans remember him) broke on the scene with the ill-fated 1964 Phillies. He led the league with 125 runs, 13 triples and 352 triples. He also hit 29 home runs, drove in 91 runs and lead the league in strikeouts with 138. All this was good enough to win him the NL Rookie of the Year Award, but not good enough to get the Phillies in the World Series. By the end of 1968 he was a 3-time All-Star who had hit 145 home runs.

1983 Topps #225 Bill Robinson
Bill played for the Phillies in 1972-1974, then went to the Pirates. He came back to the Phillies in 1983 and ended his 16-year career there. He was a career .258 hitter with 166 home runs and 641 rbis. He was a member of the 1979 "We Are Family" Pirates who won the World Series. After retiring as a player he remained active in baseball as a hitting instructor and coach and was with the 1986 World Series winning Mets and 2005 World Series winning Marlins. He died in Las Vegas in 2007 of unknown causes. At the time he was the Dodgers minor league coordinator and was visiting their affiliate team in Las Vegas.

1993 Leaf Limited Rookies #7 Mike Grace
Mike was the Phillies 10th round draft pick in 1991 and played for the Phillies from 1995-1999. He was primarily a started, although in his last season he was mostly a middle reliever. He compiled a 16-16 record with the Phillies with a career ERA of 4.96. In 1993 he was still just a potential major league pitcher. Looking at his minor league career, I see he didn't even play in 1993, perhaps shut down due to injury.

2005 Topps Cracker Jack Mini Stickers #90 Bobby Abreu
2005 was Bobby's the last full year of his 9-year stint with the Phillies. In that span he batted .303, had 195 home runs, and 814 rbis. He was an All-Star in 2005 and won the Home Run Derby. He also won the Gold Glove Award. He was traded in 2006 to the Yankees for a bunch of low-level prospects, in a trade not liked by Phillies fans.

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