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Mike Epstein – 1973 Topps #38

Michael Peter Epstein(born April 4, 1943 in the Bronx, New York), nicknamed SuperJew, is a former Major League Baseball player for the Baltimore Orioles, Washington Senators, Oakland Athletics, Texas Rangers, and California Angels from 1966–1974. The first baseman was noted as a strong power hitter who did not hit for a high batting average, though he walked (and was hit by pitches) so often that he finished with a respectable career .359 on base percentage. Epstein played baseball at the University of California-Berkeley. As a junior in 1963 he hit .375 and was offered a contract by the Los Angeles Dodgers, but his father insisted he finish college. A collegiate All-American in 1964, he was a member of the first U.S. Olympic team that year, and helped them win the gold medal. He was inducted as a member of the United States National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in 2004.

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