Chasing Rookies: Jeter, Berra and Petry
In the seventh episode of MISportsNow’s “Chasing Rookies,” we dig into our fifth box from monthly trading card subscription company Collectible Card Club and open packs of Fleer and Topps.
A first-round pick by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1975, Berra is the son of Hall of Fame catcher Yogi Berra. A shortstop and third baseman, Berra spent 11 years in majors, including his first eight seasons with the Pirates. Berra won a World Series title with the Pirates in 1979 and set a record for most bases (seven) reached in a season on catcher’s interference. Berra concluded his career with a .236 average, 49 home runs and 278 RBI.
Drafted by the San Francisco Giants in the 14th round in 1972, Sakata was the second Asian American to play in the majors. A second baseman and shortstop, Sakata debuted with the Milwaukee Brewers in 1977 and won a World Series title with the Baltimore Orioles in 1983. Sakata played 11 seasons with the Brewers, Orioles, Oakland Athletics and New York Yankees and concluded his career with a .230 average, 25 home runs and 109 RBI. He later managed in the California League.
Selected by the Detroit Tigers in the fourth round of the 1976 draft, the right-hander spent 13 seasons in the majors, including 11 with the Tigers. A 1984 World Series champion, Petry was named an All-Star in 1985. Petry concluded his career in 1991, splitting time between the Tigers, Atlanta Braves and Boston Red Sox. He finished with a 125-104 record, a 3.95 ERA and 1,063 strikeouts.
A 1995 World Series champion with the Atlanta Braves, the left-hander is a native of downstate Trenton and a graduate of Taylor High School. Drafted by the Braves in the first round of the 1988 draft, Avery was named the 1991 NLCS MVP and a 1993 All-Star. Avery spent 11 seasons in the majors, including seven with the Braves. He retired with the Detroit Tigers in 2003 after recording a 96-83 record, a 4.19 ERA and 980 strikeouts.
A 14-time All-Star and five-time World Series champion, Jeter was named the 1996 American League Rookie of the Year after being drafted by New York in the first round of the 1992 draft. A shortstop, Jeter graduated from Kalamazoo Central High School and went on to become New York’s all-time career leader in hits (3,465), doubles (544), games played (2,747), stolen bases (358), times on base (4,716), plate appearances (12,602) and at-bats (11,195). Jeter finished his career in 2014 with 3,465 hits, 260 home runs, 1,311 RBI and a .310 batting average.