Baseball Card Sets (By Season)
1968 Baseball Cards
- Tiger Tales: Detroit, down 3 games to 1, stuns Cardinals to win World Series
- Year of the Pitcher: Denny McLain last to win 30 (31-6); Bob Gibson’s 1.12 ERA
- Batting Titles: Pete Rose: .335; Carl Yastrzemski: .301 (American League: .230)
Enhanced with super-advanced features, the 1968 Major League season is re-created in time for the 50th anniversary of The Year of the Pitcher. In this memorable season, Detroit’s Denny McLain was the last to win 30 games (31-6, 1.96). Bob Gibson registered a miniscule 1.12 ERA in a year when seven qualifying pitchers had sub-2.00 ERAs. Nine of the top 20 men in Wins Above Replacement were starting pitchers, including Hall of Famers Gibson, Tom Seaver and Ferguson Jenkins. Gibson and McLain were the league MVPs.
Maybe the most sensational pitching feat of all occurred in Game 7 of the World Series when Detroit’s Mickey Lolich, pitching on two day’s rest, threw a complete-game five-hitter to out-duel the mighty Gibson (winner of Game 7s in 1964 and 1967). That made Lolich 3-0 for the Series, which St. Louis once led three games to one.
The American League hit a paltry .230 and Boston’s Carl Yastrzemski won the batting title at .301. After the season, MLB lowered all pitching mounds. But the Tigers had LF Willie Horton (.285-36-85, .895 OPS). Catcher Bill Freehan and 1B Norm Cash each hit 25 HR with more than 800 OPS. Hall of Famer Al Kaline, in his only World Series, had an .820 OPS. Pinch-hitter Gates Brown hit .370 with an 1.127 OPS in 92 AB.
In the NL, Pete Rose led with a .335 average, Willie McCovey led with 36 HR, 105 RBI, .545 slugging and .923 OPS. The list of top sluggers is filled with legends: Richie Allen, Ernie Banks, Billy Williams, Hank Aaron, Ron Santo, Willie Mays, Roberto Clemente, Willie Stargell, Jimmy Wynn.
549 total cards, just over 27 cards per team … Two-sided cards for basic, advanced and super-advanced play