Friday, August 3, 2012

1971 Topps #515 - Carl Morton

Just picked up another variation from the 1971 Topps Baseball Card Set.  Just need 2 more!

This one is of Carl Morton, a pitcher for the Montreal Expos.  He was the National League Rookie of the Year in 1970. 

The card on the left has a small black line above his head.  This is from a hair being on the printing plate.  The card on the right is after the hair was removed.

Carl pitched in the major leagues from 1969 to 1976.  Carl passed away on April 12, 1983. from a massive heart attack in the driveway of his parents home, in Tulsa Oklahoma after jogging with his son.  He was only 39 years old.

1970 proved to be the most unlucky in the history of the Rookie of the Year Award in the majors.  1970 American League Rookie of the Year Thurman Munson died in a private jet crash in 1979.  It is the only time in baseball history that the rookies of the year from the same year would come to early deaths.

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