Tony Oliva… Was the 1964 AL Rookie Of The Year, and in his first full season he lead the league in batting average, hits, runs and doubles, made the All-Star team and finished 4th in MVP voting. He made 8 straight All-Star teams, won a Gold Glove, lead the league in hits, doubles and batting average on several occasions and played all of his 15 seasons with the Twins. His #6 has been retired by the Twins.
In 1976, Tony Oliva… was a coach/DH who had only 128 plate appearances and a .211 average; he retired after the season.
I can’t help but wonder… who the people are in the stands behind Tony.
Betcha didn’t know… Oliva appeared on a card as the AL Batting Leader before he appeared on a card by himself. In 1963 and 1964, he appeared on “Rookie Stars” cards with other players. In 1965, the Batting Leaders card was #1 in the set, but his ‘regular’ card (#340) didn’t appear until the 4th series.
SSPC vs. Topps: Both cards are portraits, but this card gets the edge because his Topps card shows his face partially covered by shadow.