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Leroy Stanton – 1973 Topps #18

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   Leroy Bobby Stanton (born April 10, 1946 in Latta, South Carolina), played all or part of nine seasons in the majors, from 1970 to 1978. He played in the New York Mets, California Angels ant the Seattle Mariners. He also played one season in Japan for the Hanshin Tigers in 1979. On December 10, 1971, Stanton was traded by the Mets with Francisco Estrada, Don Rose, and Nolan Ryan to the California Angels for Jim Fregosi, this is considered one of the worst trades the Mets have ever made. Stanton hit three home runs in a July 10, 1973 game against the Baltimore Orioles to tie an Angel record. He led California with 14 home runs and 82 RBIs in 1975. Halos Heaven, a Los Angeles Angels blog, ranked Stanton as the 68th best Angel in franchise history saying; “Stanton saw a lot of action as an Angel, never truly excelling into greatness, never swooning into uselessness. That is why he and his 594 games under the Halo stand at number 68.” In five season with the Angels Stanton played 594 games with 443 hits, 47 home runs and 242 RBIs. He lost his starting job in right field to Bobby Bonds at the start of the 1976 season after Mickey Rivers was sent to the Yankees.

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