Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Reds Team (#407)

Here is the Cincinnati Reds team card. I have 2 recollections of the 1967 Reds. First, I think they were in 1st place for much of the season, until the Cardinals surged past them.

Secondly, at some point late in the season, all 8 starters were batting over .300. I'll have to dig into sometime to verify this, but that's for another day.

This was an eventful season for the Reds:

Pete Rose moved from 2B to LF.

Tommy Helms moved from 3B (where he was the 1966 Topps rookie) to 2B.

Tony Perez moved from 1B to 3B.

First baseman Lee May began his first full season.

It was also Gary Nolan's rookie season. At age 19, made his major-league debut starting the 4th game of the season, and became the staff ace.

Chico Cardenas missed 2 months in the middle of the season, forcing Helms to SS, Rose back to 2B, and Lee May to LF.

Johnny Bench made his major-league debut on August 28th, and started 26 of the final 32 games.

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