Thursday, July 22, 2021

#160 Bob Clemente - Pittsburgh Pirates


Roberto Walker Clemente
Pittsburgh Pirates
Outfield

Bats:  Right  Throws:  Right  Height:  5'11"  Weight:  175
Born:  August 18, 1934, Carolina, Puerto Rico
Signed:  Signed by the Brooklyn Dodgers as an amateur free agent, February 1954
Major League Teams:  Pittsburgh Pirates 1955-1972
Died:  December 31, 1972, San Juan, Puerto Rico (age 38)
Hall of Fame Induction:  1973

One of the most prolific pure hitters of the 1960s, and a true five-tool talent, Roberto Clemente played his entire 18-year career with the Pirates, leading them to World Series titles in 1960 and 1971.  He was a 15-time All-Star, a 12-time Gold Glove winner, the N.L. MVP in 1966 and the World Series MVP in 1971.  A four-time batting champ, Clemente joined the exclusive 3,000 hit club in the second to last game he'd ever play on September 30, 1972.  At the time, he was the 11th player in baseball history to join the club.  A few months later, and less than 10 weeks after the passing of Jackie Robinson, Clemente died in a plane crash off the coast of Puerto Rico while en route to deliver earthquake relief supplies to Nicaragua.

The pride of Puerto Rico, Clemente's legacy lives on through the countless Latino baseball players he's inspired over the past four decades.

Some text for this post originally appeared on my 1956 Topps blog.

Building the Set
May 20, 2021 from Scottsdale, AZ - Card #283
By mid-May, I was down to needing seven cards to complete series two of our 1965 Topps set.  Three of them were commons, two of them I considered semi-star cards, and two of them were star cards.  Determined to finish the second series before the unofficial start of summer and the approaching Memorial Day weekend, I set out to purchase these final seven cards.  This Clemente card came from Scottsdale Baseball Cards in Scottsdale, Arizona for a reasonable price and joining Clemente in the envelope from Arizona was the card of Bill Wakefield (#167).

1998 Topps Roberto
Clemente Reprints #11
This is one of the handful of cards from the 1965 Topps set I've seen for years at baseball card shows, usually under glass, that I thought I'd never actually add to my collection.  It's a wonderfully simple baseball card and I was thrilled to add it to our set.  

I was also grateful for a relatively relaxing May, as we slowly eased into post-vaccination life.  The Phillies were back, and our nights were filled with Little League games, baseball practices, piano lessons and tennis lessons.

The Card / Pirates Team Set
Beginning in 1957 and lasting through his appearance in the 1969 set, Topps decided to shorten Clemente's first name to Bob, ignoring his actual preferred name and his Latino heritage.  Topps thankfully returned to Roberto beginning with his 1970 card.  The back of this card highlights his two batting titles (to date) in 1961 and 1964.  He'd win two more batting titles in 1965 and 1967.  His three triple game came on September 8, 1958 against the Reds.

I'm fairly certain the first version of this card I owned was from a circa 1980s Dover reprint, carefully separated from a book along its perforated edges.  Topps reprinted the card in 1998, included within an insert set reprinting all of Clemente's flagship cards between 1955 and 1973.

1965 Season
Clemente was right in the middle of his dominating run of league-leading seasons, winning the batting title for a third time with a .329 average.  He was an All-Star Game reserve, with his teammate Willie Stargell (#377) getting the start over him, and he'd win his fifth of 12 Gold Gloves at the end of the season.  During a 12-game Pirates winning streak in late May, Clemente batted .458 which ultimately propelled him to the batting title.  The starting outfield for most of the season for the third place club was Clemente in right, Bill Virdon (#69) in center and Stargell in left.

1955 Topps #164
1961 Topps #388
1966 Topps #300
1971 Topps #630
1973 Topps #50

Other Notable Baseball Cards

First Mainstream Card:  1955 Topps #164
Topps Flagship Set Appearances (23):  1955-1973, 1975, 1987, 1998, 2001
Most Recent Mainstream Cards:  2021 Topps Heritage The Great One insert set

2,416 - Clemente non-parallel baseball cards in the Beckett online database as of 7/16/21.

Sources:  
1956 Topps

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

#167 Bill Wakefield - New York Mets


William Sumner Wakefield
New York Mets
Pitcher

Bats:  Right  Throws:  Right  Height:  6'0"  Weight:  175
Born:  May 24, 1941, Kansas City, MO
Signed:  Signed by the St. Louis Cardinals as an amateur free agent before 1961 season
Major League Teams:  New York Mets 1964

Bill Wakefield pitched professionally for six seasons within the Cardinals, Mets and Cubs organizations and enjoyed one season in the majors with the Mets in 1964.  On November 4, 1963, Wakefield was traded by the Cardinals with outfielder George Altman (#528) to the Mets for pitcher Roger Craig (#411).  He made the Mets opening day roster and he'd spend the entire season with the club making 58 relief appearances and four starts.  Wakefield went 3-5 with a 3.61 ERA and two saves during the season and was the Mets' most called-upon reliever.  Despite his fine season in 1964, and another good showing in spring training, Wakefield was left off the club's opening day roster in 1965 and never again reached the big leagues.  He retired from baseball following the 1966 season.

Building the Set
May 20, 2021 from Scottsdale, AZ - Card #282
By mid-May, I was down to needing seven cards to complete series two of our 1965 Topps set.  Three of them were commons, including this Wakefield card, two of them I considered semi-star cards, and two of them were star cards.  Determined to finish the second series before the unofficial start of summer and the approaching Memorial Day weekend, I set out to purchase these final seven cards.  This Wakefield card cost $2 from Scottsdale Baseball Cards in Scottsdale, Arizona and was honestly a tag-along with the other card I purchased from Scottsdale Baseball Cards which I'll feature in my next post.

I was grateful for a relatively relaxing May, as we slowly eased into post-vaccination life.  The Phillies were back, and our nights were filled with Little League games, baseball practices, piano lessons and tennis lessons.

The Card / Mets Team Set
Despite only one season in the majors, Wakefield appeared within three Topps flagship sets in 1964, 1965 and 1966.  He shared a Rookie Stars card in 1964 with fellow pitching prospect Jerry Hinsley (#449).  The back of the card notes how Wakefield seemingly came out of nowhere to become the Mets' top reliever in 1964.  

While he did lead the Mets bullpen in games and innings pitched (119 2/3), he was behind two other relievers in the saves category.  Willard Hunter secured five saves, while Larry Bearnarth (#258) had three.

1965 Season
Wakefield began the 1965 season pitching for the Mets' Triple-A team in Buffalo, the Bisons.  There's no transaction listed on his Baseball Reference page, and his SABR biography doesn't address it either, but somehow Wakefield ended up pitching for the Cubs' Triple-A team in Salt Lake City from July onward.  Combined, he appeared in 37 games and went 2-13 with a 5.44 ERA.

1964 Topps #576
1966 Topps #443

Other Notable Baseball Cards

First Mainstream Card:  1964 Topps #576
Topps Flagship Set Appearances (3):  1964-1966
Most Recent Mainstream Card:  2015 Topps Heritage Real One Autographs #ROA-BW

10 - Wakefield non-parallel baseball cards in the Beckett online database as of 7/16/21.

Sources:  
Baseball Reference
Beckett Database
SABR
The Trading Card Database

Monday, July 19, 2021

#140 Dean Chance - Los Angeles Angels


Wilmer Dean Chance
Los Angeles Angels
Pitcher

Bats:  Right  Throws:  Right  Height:  6'3"  Weight:  200
Born:  June 1, 1941, Wooster, OH
Signed:  Signed by the Baltimore Orioles as an amateur free agent before 1959 season
Major League Teams:  Los Angeles Angels 1961-1965; California Angels 1966; Minnesota Twins 1967-1969; Cleveland Indians 1970; New York Mets 1970; Detroit Tigers 1971
Died:  October 11, 2015, Wooster, OH (age 74)

Dean Chance shot to stardom early and enjoyed several dominant seasons with the Angels and Twins in the mid-1960s.  He was the youngest ever (at the time) to win the Cy Young Award in 1964 when as a 23-year-old he went 20-9 with a 1.65 ERA for the Angels.  He led the league that season in wins, ERA, complete games, shutouts and innings pitched and was third in the league with 207 strikeouts.  Against the powerhouse Yankees, Chance made five starts throwing four complete games and three shutouts, pitching to an 0.18 ERA over 50 innings.  He was an All-Star in 1964 and 1967.  Desperate for offense, the Angels dealt Chance to the Twins before the 1967 season.  He won 20 games that season, pitching a no-hitter against the Indians on August 25th, and Chance was named A.L. Comeback Player of the Year for his efforts

He spent the final seasons of his big league career with Twins, Indians, Mets and Tigers, primarily as a reliever.  Chance retired with a career 128-115 record and a 2.92 ERA over 406 appearances.  His 1,534 career strikeouts are currently 206th all-time and he was inducted into the Angels Hall of Fame in 2015.

Building the Set
May 15, 2021 from Lake Havasu City, AZ - Card #281
After adding a number of star cards in April, I decided I should focus on a group of commons for our set in May.  I set out specifically to add reasonably priced cards from the set's second series and I found a few eBay sellers running specials on recent set breaks.  In total, I added 23 cards over three-day period with this Chance card coming from Kyle's Sports Cards located in Lake Havasu City, Arizona for $4.

When these cards arrived, life was slowly returning to a pre-pandemic pace with Little League baseball games, tennis and piano lessons on the calendar.  There was a little over a month of school remaining and everyone was anxious and excited for summer vacation.

The Card / Angels Team Set
Chance appears on four cards in the set, this card and three league leaders cards.  I'll know for sure once I'm closer to completing the set, but I believe that will tie the record for number of appearances in the set with Bob Gibson (#320) and Elston Howard (#450) also appearing on four cards.  For his Cy Young Award winning season, Chance received a hero number and his successful 1964 campaign is highlighted on the back of the card.

1965 Season
Chance came back down to Earth somewhat after his career year in 1964, going 15-10 with a 3.15 ERA over 36 appearances and 33 starts.  It was Chance's first year in the majors without his roommate and  partner in Hollywood night life crime, Bo Belinsky (#225), who had been dealt to the Phillies in the offseason.  Chance, Fred Newman (#101) and Marcelino Lopez (#537) were the top three starters for an Angels team that finished in seventh place in the American League.

1962 Topps #194
1963 Topps #355
1964 Topps #32
1968 Topps #255
1971 Topps #36

Other Notable Baseball Cards

First Mainstream Card:  1962 Topps #194
Topps Flagship Set Appearances (10):  1962-1971
Most Recent Mainstream Card:  2007 Upper Deck Sweet Spot Classic #135

121 - Chance non-parallel baseball cards in the Beckett online database as of 7/16/21.

Sources:  
Baseball Reference
Beckett Database
SABR
The Trading Card Database

Saturday, July 17, 2021

#127 Frank Lary - Milwaukee Braves


Frank Strong Lary
Milwaukee Braves
Pitcher

Bats:  Right  Throws:  Right  Height:  5'11"  Weight:  175
Born:  April 10, 1930, Northport, AL
Signed:  Signed by the Detroit Tigers as an amateur free agent before 1950 season
Major League Teams:  Detroit Tigers 1954-1964; New York Mets 1964; Milwaukee Braves 1964; New York Mets 1965; Chicago White Sox 1965
Died:  December 14, 2017, Northport, AL (age 87)

Frank Lary enjoyed a decade of success with the Tigers, winning 20 games twice and earning three All-Star Game berths in 1960 and 1961.  That latter season was probably his best as he went 23-9 with a 3.24 ERA while leading the league with 22 complete games.  He won a Gold Glove for his fielding efforts while finishing third in A.L. Cy Young voting and seventh in A.L. MVP voting.  Lary can claim three fantastic baseball nicknames with "Taters," "Mule" and the "Yankee Killer."  The Yankee Killer nickname bestowed upon him as he went 27-10 against the powerhouse Yankees between 1955 and 1961.  Lary led the league three times in innings pitched and three times in complete games, but his heavy workload with the Tigers led to shoulder problems later in his career.  Atop the Tigers' pitching rotation between 1957 and 1963, Lary and Jim Bunning (#20) did everything they could to pitch Detroit into the World Series, but they never made it.  The closest they came was 1961 when the Tigers finished eight games behind the Yankees, despite winning 101 games.  Lary was sold to the Mets in May 1964, beginning a year and a half on the move with the Mets, the Braves, back to the Mets and finally with the White Sox.

May 14, 2021 - Doug at bat for the Dodgers
Lary appeared in 350 big league games and a had a 128-116 record to go along with a 3.49 ERA.  He struck out 1,099 over 2,162 1/3 innings pitched.  His 21 career shutouts are currently 232nd on the all-time leaders list.  Lary briefly served as a minor league roving pitching coach for the Mets before retiring from the game.

Building the Set
May 15, 2021 from Lake Havasu City, AZ - Card #280
After adding a number of star cards in April, I decided I should focus on a group of commons for our set in May.  I set out specifically to add reasonably priced cards from the set's second series and I found a few eBay sellers running specials on recent set breaks.  In total, I added 23 cards over three-day period with this Lary card coming from Kyle's Sports Cards located in Lake Havasu City, Arizona for $2.75.

When these cards arrived, life was slowly returning to a pre-pandemic pace with Little League baseball games, tennis and piano lessons on the calendar.  There was a little over a month of school remaining and everyone was anxious and excited for summer vacation.

The Card / Braves Team Set
Lary appeared in only five games for the Braves in August and September 1964, and he's wearing a Tigers jersey on this card.  On the back, his seven-inning no-hitter, thrown while pitching for the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons in 1953, is highlighted.  His career statistics with the Tigers are impressive, showing seven seasons in a row of at least 200 innings pitched.

Lary signed a reprint of this card for inclusion in the 2014 Topps Heritage Real One Autographs insert set.

1965 Season
On May 30, 1964, Lary was sold to the Mets from the Tigers and he appeared in 13 games with the Mets before being dealt to the Braves on August 8th for pitcher Dennis Ribant (#73) and cash.  After a short stint with the Braves, we was sold back to the Mets towards the end of spring training in 1965 on March 28th.  Lary appeared in 14 more games for the Mets before a trade on July 8th for a player to be named later sent him to the White Sox.  (The Mets would ultimately receive catcher Jimmie Schaffer - #313.)  He pitched in 14 games for the White Sox, making one final start on July 31st and earning the win over his former Tigers team.  In 28 games with the Mets and White Sox, Lary was 2-3 with a 3.32 ERA in 28 games.  He was released on October 19th.

1955 Bowman #154
1957 Topps #168
1961 Topps #243
1962 Topps #474
1964 Topps #197

Other Notable Baseball Cards

First Mainstream Card:  1955 Bowman #154
Topps Flagship Set Appearances (9):  1956-1965
Most Recent Mainstream Card:  2014 Topps Heritage Real One Autographs #ROA-FL

57 - Lary non-parallel baseball cards in the Beckett online database as of 6/21/21.

Sources:  
Baseball Reference
Beckett Database
SABR
The Trading Card Database
Wikipedia

Previous Card:  #126 Los Angeles Dodgers Team Card

Thursday, July 15, 2021

#118 Hal Lanier - San Francisco Giants


Harold Clifton Lanier
San Francisco Giants
Second Base

Bats:  Right  Throws:  Right  Height:  6'2"  Weight:  180
Born:  July 4, 1942, Denton, NC
Signed:  Signed by the New York Giants as an amateur free agent before 1961 season
Major League Teams:  San Francisco Giants 1964-1971; New York Yankees 1972-1973
As a Manager:  Houston Astros 1986-1988

Hal Lanier was a light-hitting infielder who played most of his 10-year big league career with the Giants.  He was the son of All-Star pitcher Max Lanier, who played for 14 seasons between 1938 and 1953, mostly with the Cardinals.  He hit his career peak with a .274 batting average during his rookie season of 1964, leading to his inclusion on the 1964 Topps All-Star Rookie team.  Lanier was the opening day second baseman for the Giants in 1965 through 1967 and then the team's opening day shortstop from 1968 through 1971.  His defense improved steadily throughout his playing career and Lanier finished second among N.L. second baseman in fielding percentage in 1966 and first among N.L. shortstops in fielding percentage in 1968.  He was sold to the Yankees before the 1972 season.  Lanier played for the Yankees for two seasons and then spent the 1974 and part of the 1975 season with the Triple-A Tulsa Oilers in the Cardinals' system as a player/coach.  In 1,196 career major league games, Lanier batted .228 with 843 hits.

1991 Medford Phillies #22
Lanier's first managerial job came with the St. Petersburg Cardinals in 1976, and he'd manage or coach professionally for the next 40 years.  He was promoted to the Cardinals as their third base coach in 1981, and he'd win a World Series ring with the club in 1982.  He departed St. Louis after the 1985 season to take over as manager for the Astros.  Guiding Houston to their best record (96-66) in franchise history up to that point, Lanier won National League Manager of the Year honors.  He was dismissed following the 1988 season with a lifetime managerial record of 254-232.  Lanier coached for the Phillies in 1990 and 1991 and he continued to manage in independent baseball leagues through the 2018 season.

Building the Set
May 15, 2021 from Lake Havasu City, AZ - Card #279
After adding a number of star cards in April, I decided I should focus on a group of commons for our set in May.  I set out specifically to add reasonably priced cards from the set's second series and I found a few eBay sellers running specials on recent set breaks.  In total, I added 23 cards over three-day period with this Lanier card coming from Kyle's Sports Cards located in Lake Havasu City, Arizona for $4.25.

The Card / Giants Team Set
This is Lanier's rookie card, and I imagine young collectors were thrilled to find a card in their packs with the impressive gold All-Star Rookie statute on the front.  In case you missed the trophy on the front, Topps highlights the honor with the cartoon on the back.  Lanier didn't debut with the Giants until June 18, 1964, spending the first part of the season with the Triple-A Tacoma Giants.  Up until his arrival, second base duties for the Giants were split between Jim Davenport (#213) and Chuck Hiller (#531).  With Hiller batting .189 and Davenport at .206, the Giants made the move to the rookie Lanier.

1965 Season
In his first full season with the Giants, Lanier appeared in 159 games and batted .226 with nary a home run, 15 doubles and 39 RBIs.

Phillies Career

Hal Lanier was named manager Nick Leyva's bench coach for the 1990 season, replacing John Vukovich who moved from the dugout to become the team's third base coach.  He remained with the club through the entire 1991 season, despite Leyva's quick dismissal that April.  New manager Jim Fregosi (#210) kept Lanier on the team's staff through the end of the year, and on the final game of the 1991 season Lanier was informed he wouldn't be brought back for 1992.  Consulting my 1991 Phillies Scrapbook, a fairly depressing artifact, there's an article clipped from the Philadelphia Daily News with then GM Lee Thomas (#111) explaining that Lanier was former manager "Nick's guy," and that the Phillies wanted to make a change.

Lanier appeared in the 1990 and 1991 Phillies team-issued photo card sets, his only baseball card appearances with the club.

1966 Topps #271
1969 Topps #316
1971 Topps #181
1974 Topps #588
1987 Topps #343

Other Notable Baseball Cards

First Mainstream Card:  1965 Topps #118
Topps Flagship Set Appearances (14):  1965-1974, 1986-1989
Most Recent Mainstream Card:  1989 Topps #164

74 - Lanier non-parallel baseball cards in the Beckett online database as of 6/1/21.

Sources:  
Baseball Reference
Beckett Database
The Phillies Room
SABR
The Trading Card Database

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

#149 Wayne Schurr - Chicago Cubs


Wayne Allen Schurr
Chicago Cubs
Pitcher

Bats:  Right  Throws:  Right  Height:  6'4"  Weight:  185
Born:  August 6, 1937, Garrett, IN
Signed:  Signed by the San Francisco Giants as an amateur free agent before 1959 season
Major League Teams:  Chicago Cubs 1964

Wayne Schurr was originally signed by the Giants, and he spent five seasons working his way up through their minor league system before being claimed by the Cubs in the 1963 rule 5 draft.  He won 13 games in 1960 with the Eugene Emeralds in the Northwest League, pitching 16 complete games and recording two shutouts.  With the Cubs, he was required to remain on the club's roster the entire season or be offered back to the Giants per the draft rules.  He made his big league debut on April 15, 1964, and he'd appear in 25 more games, all in relief through mid-July.  At that point, I can only assume he was offered back to the Giants, who declined, as he spent the rest of the season with the Triple-A Salt Lake City Bees.  Schurr never made it back to the majors.  In his 26 games with the Cubs, he had no decisions and a 3.72 ERA over 48 1/3 innings pitched.  His longest big league outing came on May 29, 1964, when he pitched 5 1/3 innings of scoreless relief against the Braves.  Schurr spent all of 1965 and 1966 in the minors and was dealt to the Angels in November 1966, but never played a game in the Angels' system.

1964 Topps #548
Building the Set

May 15, 2021 from Lake Havasu City, AZ - Card #278
After adding a number of star cards in April, I decided I should focus on a group of commons for our set in May.  I set out specifically to add reasonably priced cards from the set's second series and I found a few eBay sellers running specials on recent set breaks.  In total, I added 23 cards over three-day period with this card coming from Kyle's Sports Cards located in Lake Havasu City, Arizona for $2.75.

The Card / Cubs Team Set
Schurr's rookie card can be found in the 1964 Topps set, and he shared a National League Rookie Stars card with the Dodgers' Paul Speckenbach.  This is his only solo and his final card.

1965 Season
Schurr was with the Bees for the entire 1965 season, appearing in 31 games (30 starts) and compiling a record of 9-13 with a 4.32 ERA in 196 innings pitched.  The Bees went 56-91, and Schurr's win tally ended up leading the team.  He also led the team in innings pitched, complete games (nine) and shutouts (four).  Fellow starting pitcher Scott Breeden had one more strikeout than Schurr - 102 to Schurr's 101.

Other Notable Baseball Cards
First Mainstream Card:  1964 Topps #548
Topps Flagship Set Appearances (2):  1964-1965
Most Recent Mainstream Card:  1965 Topps #149

4 - Schurr non-parallel baseball cards in the Beckett online database as of 5/31/21.

Sources:  
Baseball Reference
Beckett Database
The Trading Card Database

Monday, July 12, 2021

#153 Norm Cash - Detroit Tigers


Norman Dalton Cash
Detroit Tigers
First Base

Bats:  Left  Throws:  Left  Height:  6'0"  Weight:  185
Born:  November 10, 1933, Justiceburg, TX
Signed:  Signed by the Chicago White Sox as an amateur free agent, May 21, 1955
Major League Teams:  Chicago White Sox 1958-1959; Detroit Tigers 1960-1974
Died:  October 11, 1986, Beaver Island, MI (age 52)

Slugger Norm Cash was a steady presence in the Tigers line-up as their regular first baseman for 15 seasons between 1960 and the early 1970s.  Traded from the White Sox in December 1959 with Bubba Phillips (#306) and John Romano (#17) for Minnie Minoso and three other players, Cash paid long-term dividends as a four-time All-Star.  His .361 average in 1961 led the league and he belted at least 20 home runs in 11 different seasons.  That 1961 season was probably his best as he hit 41 home runs and had 132 RBIs, both career highs, to go along with his league-leading average.  Cash was also a fine defensive first baseman, leading the A.L. in assists three times and fielding percentage twice.  He helped guide the Tigers to a World Series title in 1968, hitting .385 with a home run in the seven-game series against the Cardinals.

A fan favorite, Cash played in 2,089 games and had 1,820 career hits, 377 home runs and 1,104 RBIs to go along with his .271 batting average.  Upon his retirement in 1974, his 377 home runs were the fourth most by an American League left-handed hitter behind Babe Ruth, Ted Williams and Lou Gehrig.  His 373 home runs are currently second on the all-time Tigers list, behind Al Kaline's (#130) 399.  Kaline, Cash's teammate throughout their Tigers careers, said of Cash, "When you mention Norm Cash, I just smile.  He was just a fun guy to be around and a great teammate.  He always came ready to play."  Tragically, Cash drowned at the young age of 52 after slipping and falling off a dock after a night out.

Building the Set

May 13, 2021 from N. Topsail Beach, NC - Card #277
After adding a number of star cards in April, I decided I should focus on a group of commons (and some semi-stars, such as this Cash card) for our set in May.  I set out specifically to add reasonably priced cards from the set's second series and I found a few eBay sellers running specials on recent set breaks.  In total, I added 23 cards over three-day period with this card coming from Let's Play Ball located in N. Topsail Beach, North Carolina for $12.90.  This was one of two cards to arrive from Let's Play Ball, as I found a reasonably priced World Series Game 2 (#133) card from them too.

The Card / Tigers Team Set
I'll need to check back on this as I add more Tigers cards, but this is our clearest view yet of the house (?) behind some of the Tigers players in photos taken during spring training.  The Fred Gladding (#37) card gives an alternate view and Kaline is blocking the house and the rest of the neighborhood on his card.  I admittedly didn't know much about Cash before composing this post, and I enjoyed learning about him and his career.

1965 Season
In another solid season, Cash appeared in 142 games and batted .266 with 30 home runs and 83 RBIs.  What's really impressive about those numbers is that Cash began the season in a horrible slump, and he had only seven home runs and 25 RBIs prior to the All-Star break, while batting a measly .209.  He turned it on after the break, and in his final 78 games he had 23 home runs and 58 RBIs as one of the hottest hitters in baseball during the second half of 1965.  His turn-around season earned him Comeback Player of the Year honors for 1965.

1959 Topps #509
1961 Topps #95
1968 Topps #256
1972 Topps #150
1974 Topps #367

Other Notable Baseball Cards

First Mainstream Card:  1959 Topps #509
Topps Flagship Set Appearances (16):  1959-1974
Most Recent Mainstream Card:  2005 Upper Deck Classics #72

160 - Cash non-parallel baseball cards in the Beckett online database as of 5/31/21.

Sources:  
Baseball Reference
Beckett Database
SABR
The Trading Card Database