Great players I watched when growing up

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  1. Charles Martel

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    The Brooks Robinson photo (looks like a trading card picture) was taken in Yankee Stadium circa 1963. The Frank Howard photo (in a LA Dodger uniform) is from the same period, taken at the Polo Ground where the Mets were playing. The Polo Grounds were torn down after the 1963 season when the Mets moved to Shea Stadium.
     
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    Still the most popular and beloved baseball player of all time after Babe Ruth (and maybe Joe DiMaggio), as anyone who has ever seriously collected baseball cards knows. Mickey Mantle was my idol as youngster.

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    Mickey Mantle was the biggest sports star of his time. And a bigger star in his time than anyone since. Mantle was of the early TV era, DiMaggio retired after the 1951 season, before every house had a TV.
     
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    That’s a young picture of Howard. I remember him looking much different later on. He closed his career out in Detroit 50+ pounds heavier and with glasses. Those earlier years in the Polo Grounds and than Chavez Ravine cost him a lot of career HR’s.
     
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    Mike Schmidt was the best ever all-around third baseman -- 10 Gold Gloves, 8 home run titles, as many as 29 stolen bases in a season, 12 All Star games among many other accomplishments. He comes to mind because I was browsing the magazines at the grocery store the other day and he's on the cover of the current Sports Collectors Digest. Usually when you haven't seen a picture of someone for a long time there's initial shock until you adjust to how much older they've gotten, but they're still recognizable. But I would never recognize Schmidt today just seeing a picture without knowing who it was. He's 70 now and still looks quite fit, but I just don't recognize his face at that age.

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    Don Drysdale

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    Steve Carlton

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    Dennis McLain
    (of questionable character, but a great pitcher)

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