Friday, April 17, 2015

TTM Goodness: Bobby Tolan

Bobby Tolan was drafted by the Pirates, debuted for the Cardinals, spent four seasons with the Reds, then went Padres-Phillies-Pirates-Padres to end his career. In Cincy's 1970 NL Pennant run, Tolan besmirched Lou Brock's ownership of the stolen base crown by leading the league with 57. Tolan would hit .316 with 16 homers and 80 ribbies that year, as well as gathering enough MVP votes to put him just above Hank Aaron. His next full season, 1972, was another NL Pennant for the Reds and more MVP votes for Tolan, a year he would win Comeback Player of the Year and the Hutch Award (a league-wide 'competitive spirit' award named after former Reds skipper Fred Hutchinson). Tolan has a son who played minor league ball for the nationals (with a tragic story I encourage you to Google) and has a cousin who won won two sprinting gold medals in the Olympics.

Signed is a 1972 Topps #3. Sweet. Go Reds.

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