Chasing Rookies: Carter, Sanders and Staub
In the eighth episode of MISportsNow’s “Chasing Rookies,” we dig into our sixth box from monthly trading card subscription company Collectible Card Club and open packs of Fleer and Topps.
#333 Lynn Jones
Drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in the 10th round of the 1974 MLB Draft, Jones, an outfielder, debuted with the Detroit Tigers in 1979 and spent five seasons in Detroit. Jones spent his final three seasons with the Kansas City Royals, retiring in 1986 with a .252 batting average, 91 RBI, seven home runs and 109 runs. After retiring, Jones spent time managing in the minor league organizations of the Florida Marlins and Atlanta Braves.
#95 Rusty Staub
A six-time All-Star and member of the New York Mets Hall of Fame, Staub began his career with the Houston Colt .45’s in 1963 at 19 and spent six seasons in Houston before moving to Montreal for four seasons in 1969. The right fielder and first baseman is best remembered for his nine seasons with the Mets but played four seasons with the Detroit Tigers from 1976-1979. Staub retired following the 1985 season with a .279 average, 2,716 hits, 292 home runs and 1,466 RBI. He passed away in March 2018.
#156 Chet Lemon
A three-time All-Star and 1984 World Series champion, Lemon, an outfielder, broke in with the Chicago White Sox in 1975 before joining the Detroit Tigers in 1982. Lemon spent his final nine seasons in Detroit and led the American League in doubles in 1979 (44) and in times hit by a pitch on four occasions. Lemon posted a .273 average with 884 RBI, 215 home runs and 973 runs scored.
#20 Gary Carter
Inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2003, the catcher spent 19 seasons in the majors, leading the New York Mets to the 1986 World Series title. An 11-time All-Star, three-time Gold Glove winner and five-time Silver Slugger recipient, Carter led the National League in RBI in 1984 and had his No. 8 jersey retired by the Montreal Expos. Carter played for the Expos, Mets, San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers, retiring as an Expo in 1992. He passed away from cancer in February 2012.
A member of the Pro and College Football halls of fame, Deion Sanders was drafted by the New York Yankees in the 30th round of the 1988 MLB Draft. A two-time Super Bowl champion, Sanders played nine seasons in the majors, spending time with the Yankees, Atlanta Braves, Cincinnati Reds and San Francisco Giants. Sanders led the National League in triples in 1992 and finished his career in 2001 with a .263 average, 558 hits, 39 home runs and 186 stolen bases.