What is this card? 1979 Batting Leaders Card Keith Hernandez of the Cardinals led all of baseball with a .344 average and Fred Lynn led the Junior circuit with a .333 average.
How was the race? Hernandez really didn't face one. If any, his strongest challenge came from his teammate Garry Templeton. Lynn, meanwhile, had a late-season challenge from George Brett of the Kansas City Royals. Brett never overtook Lynn and never got closer than three points.
Where are the 1980 League Leaders? American League leader George Brett finished second in 1979, National League leader Bill Buckner did not place in the top 10 during 1979.
Did these players ever repeat? No. Hernandez was runner-up in 1980 and finished in the Top 10 seven times in his career. Lynn never again finished in the Top 10.
Why I love this card I always loved getting a League Leaders card. It was almost a two-for-one since both players pictured were stars. It made the card that much more special. However, what I liked about this card was that Lynn was wearing a red cap. In his regular issue card he is wearing a navy cap as had several of his teammates in other cards. I didn't realize that Topps just used an older picture of Lynn.
Something else.... There is an interesting group of names here. Out of the 20 names listed here, only four would wind up in the Hall of Fame.
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.