I have slowed down a bit this month with my 1964 Topps Giants project. I am nearing the half way point with the set, but still need a few more cards to get there. This past week, I managed to track down two more cards for my set. One Hall of Famer, the other would be considered a great player of the era.
The Hall of Famer is up first.
The write-up on this back of this card is actually incorrect. In 1963, Killebrew did win his second consecutive home run crown, but it was his third overall. He led the American League in home runs during the 1959 season, but missed out in 1960 and 1961 to Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris. Killebrew won the home run crowns in 1962 and 1963. Unless, they are not counting the 1959, because he tied with Rocky Colavito.
The back of this card is another where half of the space is spent on his Minor League career, but I still found it interesting. The fact that Howard was in the Minors for a season, hit .333 with almost 40 home runs, and the Dodgers let him play a whole season there would never happen today. Topps mentions the high batting averages in his second season, but he got up to 43 home runs. Crazy to think about those sorts of numbers in a single Minor League stop these days.