Giants Cards of the Mid 1970s

Monday, October 26, 2009

1960 Topps Giants - Part 2 (infielders)

  • The sophomore jinx hit Willie McCovey (#316 and # 554) hard in 1960. He batted .238 with 13 HR and 51 RBI. He had a 2-week stint in AAA Phoenix in late July.

  • Andre Rogers (#431) batted .244 in 217 at bats as a utility player. He played SS, 3B, 1B, and LF during the season. After the season he was traded to the Milwaukee Braves for Alvin Dark, who didn't play for the Giants but became their manager in 1961.

  • Don Blasingame (#397) was the starting second baseman in 1960. He batted .235 in 523 AB. He and catcher Bob Schmidt were traded to the Cincinnati Reds for Ed Bailey early in the 1961 season.

  • Joe Amalfitano (#356) batted .277 in 328 at bats as a utility infielder in 1960. The 1960 season was Joe's best year. He spent most of his time at 3B (63 games) and 2B (33 games). It was his first season back in the majors since his two "bonus baby" years in 1954 and 1955.

  • Eddie Bressoud (#253) batted .225 in 116 games as the starting shortstop. He started with the Giants in 1954 and stayed with them through the 1961 season, when he was drafted by Houston in the expansion draft.

  • Danny O'Connell (#192) didn't play for the Giants in 1960. He batted .312 for AAA Tacoma in 1960 then was released by the Giants and picked up by the new Washington Senators. He died in a car accident at the age of 42 in 1969.

  • Jim Davenport (#154) started at 3B in 1960. He batted .251 with 6 HR in 363 at bats. He was the starter at 3B from his rookie season in 1958 through 1963. Jim won a Gold Glove and was an NL All Star in 1962. He spent his entire playing career (1958-1970) with the Giants.

  • Jose Pagan (#67) batted .286 in 18 games. Jose was 0 for 4 as a pinch hitter in April then was sent to Tacoma until mid-September. He became the starting shortstop in 1961 and batted .368 in the 1962 World Series. He played in the majors from 1959-1973.

    Others who played infield for the Giants in 1960 but didn't get a 1960 Topps card:
  • Jim Marshall - 1B (.237 in 118 AB)
  • Dale Long - 1B (.167, 3 HR in 54 AB)

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