Who was this player? Garry Templeton, at the time the shortstop of the St. Louis Cardinals. The switch hitting speedster was, in most "experts" estimation, destined for greatness. Indeed, his accomplishment of 100 hits from both sides of the plate had never happened before, nor has it happened since. Consider the switch hitters in baseball history: Mickey Mantle. Pete Rose. Eddie Murray. Lance Berkman. Ricky Peters. None of them ever accomplished this feat and it hasn't been repeated. That qualifies it as impressive. And I got to get a Ricky Peters reference in there.
Why I love this card Because I got to get in a Ricky Peters reference.
Something else..... At the time this card came out, Templeton had led the National League in triples in each of the last three seasons. Yet his nickname is/was "Jumpsteady." Any clarification on this would be helpful.
This blog is inspired by several influences; first, the other blogs dedicated to a single season of Topps sets and the folks at http://www.deanscards.com/, who provide a great resource of all years of cards (and from whom I stole the awesome header).
Mainly though, this blog is inspired by my Dad who during the summer of 1980, fully introduced me to the great game of baseball through these cards. Every one of these cards is somehow connected to a memory of that time.