Tuesday, December 31, 2019

1981 Topps Record Breaker: Johnny Bench

The front: The off-kilter angle adds an element of excitement to the photo. Bench played in one day game at Shea in 1980 – Sunday, July 27, meaning that we have two cards in a row from the same game. Bench was 1-for-5 with 2 RBI. The on deck hitter would be Dave Concepcion.

The back: Bench and Berra have since been passed by Carlton Fisk (351 HR) and Mike Piazza (396 HR). No one else has hit 300 home runs while being a catcher (does not count home runs at other positions like OF or DH). No one else is close either – the active leader is Russell Martin with 191.

1 comment:

  1. Great observation on the consecutive cards from the same game! That can't happen all that often.