This time, I decided to grab a rookie cup card from the '62 Topps set to feature.
1962 Topps #154 Lee Thomas
Signed as a free agent by the New York Yankees in 1954, the Angels acquired Thomas in a five player trade on 5/8/61 (according to baseball reference). The back of Thomas' card states that the trade was a 6 player trade.
- finished 3rd in rookie of the year voting in 1961
- was an All Star in 1962; also received MVP votes in both '61 and '62
- did not lead in any offensive statistical category during his 8 year career
- Thomas was director of player development for the Cardinals during their success in the 80's, and was part of their World Series championship management team in 1987.
- Voted Sporting News executive of the year in '93 as a member of the Phillies organization.
Military service: None that I could find.
Career Line: .255 average, 847 hits, 106 HR, 428 RBI in 8 seasons
Loved to face: Ralph Terry (20/48, .417 average, 4HR, 11 RBI)
Hated to face: Jim Kaat (6/45, .133 average, 14 Ks)
How did he do in 1962?
- .290 average, 26 HR, 104 RBI. All 3 categories were career highs for a season. The Angels were 86-76 that year, 76-70 in games that he started.
- Had a 5 hit game on 5/6/62, driving in 4 runs and scoring twice during a 15-7 win over the Orioles.
- His longest hitting streak was 13 games, and his longest on base streak was 34 games.
- Had a home batting average of .330
To be honest, I had no idea who Lee Thomas was before today. A little bit of research, and a baseball card, and I learned quite a bit.
I think I'm going to enjoy this....
thanks for reading, Robert