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Braves Card of the Day: 1971 Topps Rookie Stars #52

Sometimes Topps got the multi-rookie cards right, and other times they got them all wrong. In 1971, they got them half right. Oscar Brown hit nearly .400 in a cup of coffee in 1970 and then led the Arizona fall league in batting coming into the 1971 season. He would never hit well in the majors as a regular and was was out of baseball just a few years later.


Coming into the 1971 season, Earl Williams was penciled in as the starting third baseman. Not long after, he lost the job to Darrel Evans and spent time at first base. Despite never catching professionally, the Braves gave him a shot behind the plate. Even though his defense was awful, and would never improve, he was a decent power hitter his entire career. In 1971, he would become the third player for the Braves to win the Rookie of the Year award.