Saturday, April 24, 2021

AL Pitching Leaders (#7, #9, #11)

Completing my 4-post sweep of the league leaders cards are the AL Pitching leaders for 1968.
As usual, the Indians are well-represented, with 5 of the 10 slots. Luis Tiant appears on all 3 cards!
But the White Sox (who regularly appeared here for the last few years) are nowhere to be found - replaced by 2 appearances each for Dave McNally and Denny McLain. (McLain was fresh off his 31-win performance and World Series championship.)
Besides McLain, the other (mere) 20-game winners were McNally, Tiant, and Mel Stottlemyre, with Mel keeping these cards from being just a 4-person Indians/Tigers/Orioles production.

Saturday, March 27, 2021

AL Batting Leaders (#1, #3, #5)

These are the 1968 AL leaders in batting average, RBI, and home runs.
One year after his Triple Crown season, Yaz led the AL in batting again (although with only .301). 
Frank Howard (and surprisingly, Ken Harrelson) appear twice on these cards.
FOUR grand slams for the Tigers' Jim Northrup!
I got all these cards in 1969. I wonder why the RBI card has retained its bright white back while the others have yellowed.
Red Sox - 3 
Senators - 2 
Tigers - 2 
Twins - 1 
Athletics - 1 


Thursday, February 4, 2021

NL Pitching Leaders (#8, #10, #12)

Here are the National League ERA, Wins, and Strikeout leaders for 1968. 

1968 was the Year of Bob Gibson, and he appears on all 3 cards. His 1.12 ERA is astounding.

The Cubs' Fergie Jenkins is among the leaders in 2 categories.  Bob Veale, usually among the strikeout leaders, is 3rd in ERA.

In his second season since replacing the retired Sandy Koufax in the Dodgers' rotation, Bill Singer was 3rd in strikeouts.

Sunday, January 24, 2021

NL Batting Leaders (#2, #4, #6)

These are the 1968 NL leaders in batting average, RBI, and home runs. 
Matty Alou appears on the Batting Average leaders card for the 3rd consecutive year. He was 1st on the '67 card, 3rd on the '68 card, and 2nd here. (Felipe was also on the '67 card.)
Willie McCovey is the only one appearing twice.  (There always seem to be several players on multiple cards in the AL.)  
The Cubs are well-represented with Banks, Santo, and Williams.