Saturday, October 22, 2011

1977 Topps #3 RBI Leaders

1977 Topps #3 1976 RBI Leaders Lee May/George Foster
In my mind, George Foster and Lee May (the league leaders in 1976 for RBI's) stand out more for their side burns than for their bats. That being said, Foster did win the 1977 N.L. MVP award after hitting 52 home runs and driving in 149 runs, and in doing so became the only man to hit over 50 home runs in a season since 1965 (when Willie Mays 52). No one else would reach that feat until 1990-when Cecil Fielder clubbed 51. Foster would go on to hit 348 homers during his career while driving in 1239 runs and hitting .274, but the first thing that still comes to mind are those "L"-shaped sideburns. The style was a good one for Foster's facial features: long face, high cheekbones, and pointed chin. May, on the other hand, sported the "Lamb Chops"-which seemed to compliment his round (very round!) face. While his side burns were distinct from Foster's, Big Lee's career numbers almost mirrored George's: 354 home runs, 1244 RBI's, and a .267 avg.

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