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Dwight Evans – 1974 Topps #351

Dwight Michael Evans (born November 3, 1951), nicknamed “Dewey”, is an American former professional baseball right fielder and right-handed batter who played with the Boston Red Sox (1972–90) and Baltimore Orioles (1991) in Major League Baseball. Evans won eight Gold Glove Awards (1976,1978-79 & 1981-85). In the 1970s and 1980s, Evans played in the outfield with future Hall of Famer Jim Rice as well as all-stars Fred Lynn and Tony Armas. From 1980 through 1989, Evans hit more home runs (256) than any other player in the American League. He also led the A.L. in extra base hits over the same period of time. He is the only player to hit 20 or more home runs during every season of the 80’s (1980–1989). Evans hit a home run four times on Opening Day. On April 7, 1986, he set a major league record by hitting the first pitch of the season for a home run, eclipsing the mark held by the Chicago Cubs’ Bump Wills, who hit the second pitch for a home run on April 4, 1982.

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