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1973 Rookie First Basemen – 1973 Topps #605

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Enos Milton Cabell, Jr. (born October 8, 1949 in Fort Riley, Kansas) is a former third baseman and first baseman in Major League Baseball who played 15 seasons with the Baltimore Orioles, the Houston Astros, the San Francisco Giants, the Detroit Tigers, and the Los Angeles Dodgers. Cabell is a cousin of center fielder Ken Landreaux. On February 28, 1986, Cabell and six others were suspended for the entire season for admitting during the Pittsburgh drug trials that they were involved in cocaine abuse. The suspensions for all seven were avoided after agreeing to large anti-drug donations and community service.

Patrick Daniel Bourque (born March 23, 1947 in Worcester, Massachusetts) was a first baseman in Major League Baseball. He played for several teams in a three year career. Patrick graduated from St. John’s in 1965. Bourque was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in 1969 out of Holy Cross. He made his professional debut in 1971 with the Cubs, and went on to play parts of three and a half seasons with the franchise. He had a successful minor league tenure, winning the American Association MVP in 1972 while playing with the Evansville Triplets. Midway through the 1973 season, Chicago traded Bourque to the Oakland Athletics for fellow first baseman Gonzalo Marquez. He spent a season with Oakland before being traded to the Minnesota Twins in another summer deal. Oakland received Jim Holt in return. Oakland reacquired Bourque following the 1974 season, trading Dan Ford and a minor leaguer to the Twins. Ford went on to play for eleven seasons in the majors, while Bourque didn’t play another major league game.

Gonzalo Enrique Marquez MoyaGonzalo Enrique Márquez Moya (March 31, 1946 – December 20, 1984) was a professional baseball first baseman. A left-handed batter, he played parts of three seasons in Major League Baseball for the Oakland Athletics (1972–73) and Chicago Cubs (1973–74). He was born in Carúpano, Sucre State, Venezuela. In the 1970 Caribbean Series, he led all players with a .440 batting average and 4 stolen bases, to help the Navegantes del Magallanes win the series, marking the first time a Venezuelan team had taken the title. While Márquez was not a star in the major leagues, he’s still greatly remembered by the Oakland fans for his memorable 1972 rookie season. Easily, his participation as a collaborator for his team in that season could be labeled in terms of strategic offensive provider, some like as a “designated pinch-hitter”. Gonzalo Márquez was killed in a car accident in Valencia, Carabobo, Venezuela, as he was returning home from a baseball game. He was 38 years old.

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