Giants Cards of the Mid 1970s

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

1969 Topps Giants - Part 2 (infielders)

Willie McCovey (#440) was the NL MVP in 1969 and almost carried them to a division title. He batted .320 with 45 home runs and 126 RBI. He also had 121 walks, 45 of them intentional.

Ron Hunt (#664) batted .262 in 128 games. He had a .361 on base percentage due to being hit by a pitch 25 times. He led the league in hit by pitch seven straight times from 1968-1974.
Hal Lanier (#316) batted .228 in 150 games. His OPS+ was a LeMasteresque 46.
Jim Davenport (#102) batted .241 in 112 games.
Bob Burda (#392) batted .230 in 161 at bats as a utilityman.
Don Mason (#584) batted .228 in 250 at bats as a backup infielder.

Bobby Etheridge (#604) batted .260 in 131 at bats as the backup third baseman in 1969.
Willie McCovey All Star (#416)

I hadn't realized how unbalanced the Giants' offense was in 1969 until seeing these stats. It's surprising that Willie could get all of those RBI. The Giants really had a hard time getting much offense out of SS, 3B, LF, and catcher.

Others who played infield for the Giants in 1969 who didn't get a 1969 Topps Giants card:
  • Tito Fuentes (.295 in 183 AB)
  • Cesar Gutierrez (.217 in 23 AB)
  • John Stephenson (.222 in 27 AB)

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