Monday, January 31, 2011

Len Gabrielson- 1964 Finest Moments

1964 Topps #198 Len Gabrielson
Gabrielson, an outfielder signed by the Braves in 1959, started the '64 season in Milwaukee. However, after hitting only .184 in limited at-bats during the first month and a half of the season, the Braves traded Len to the Cubs on June 3. Two weeks after the trade, Len took over the right field position vacated when Lou Brock was traded to the Cardinals. Between June 24th and July 21st, Gabrielson would collect 3 hits in a game five different times, seeing his average rise from .217 to .294. Len's finest moment came at Wrigley Field on June 28 against the Astros. In that game, Gabrielson went 3 for 4, with 3 runs scored, 2 RBI, and 2 SB. Len's first RBI that day came in the bottom of the second, scoring Ernie Banks for the 1-0 lead. The Cubs would not look back, going on to a 10-2 victory.

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