Saturday, December 27, 2014

December Braves 1968

I picked up six 1968 Topps Braves cards that I needed.


30 - Joe Torre
Joe had a decent season in 1967 with 20 home runs, 68 RBI and a .277 batting average but this was after a season of 36, 101 and .315.


55 - Felipe Alou
Felipe hit 15 home runs with a .274 average but like Joe Torre his 1966 season was much better with 31 homers and a .327 average.


76 - Jim Britton/Ron Reed
Jim Britton pitched 2 games in 1967 and spent 1968 and 1969 with the Braves.  His only other major league season was with the Expos in 1971.
Ron Reed played 19 seasons in the majors and was with the Braves until 1975.  From 1965 to 1967 he also played for the Detroit Pistons in the NBA.  He average 8 points a game over his 2 seasons.



134 - Pat Jarvis
Pat had a fine season in 1967 with 15 wins and a 3.66 ERA.  He later became the Sheriff of DeKalb County, Georgia for several years before corruption charges ended that career.



286 - Cecil Upshaw
A rookie in 1967, Cecil finished with 6 saves.  He spent several years as the Braves closer.



578 - Orlando Martinez
Orlando hit .288 in 73 at bats in 1967 as a utility infielder.  In 1964 Orlando played on the minor league Atlanta Crackers.

Two more December card show posts to go.

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