Friday, May 5, 2017

30 Day Baseball Card Challenge ... Day 17

Day 17 of the 30 Day Baseball Card Challenge is a baseball card from the first set you put together hand collated. 

At one point, before I sold them all off, I owned every single regular issued Topps Baseball Card between 1968 and 1980.

So, that makes this post about a baseball card from the 1968 Topps Set, which also happens to be my favorite All-Time baseball card set.

Just before the end of the '68 regular season ended Tigers skipper Mayo Smith started playing centerfielder Mickey Stanley at shortstop, in hopes that the move would allow veteran right fielder Al Kaline into the World Series.

                                             🌟🌟🌟 My 1968 Topps #129 Mickey Stanley 🌟🌟🌟

Kaline, known as Mr. Tiger, had been a Tigers mainstay since his rookie year in 1954, and Mayo knew that he had to get the future Hall of Famer into the Series.

That plan, considered a huge risk then, got Kaline into the Series....he hit .379 in the Fall Classic, and allowed Stanley to move to shortstop...the position he played almost flawlessly on the way to the Tigers winning their first Championship since 1945.

Mickey Stanley won the Gold Glove Award in 1968 and would go on to win three more, in 1969, 1970, and 1973, ending his career with a lifetime .991 fielding percentage. 

Mickey spent his entire 15 year career in Detroit, and is one of the most beloved players in Tigers history for that performance in the '68 Series.

Up next in the challenge is a baseball card of a player who later became manager of your favorite team.

Play Ball!

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