The Pete Rose Years – 1986 Topps part 2
The second card in the Pete Rose Years subset featured a position change, new uniforms for the Cincinnati Reds and the start of the Big Red Machine.
Topps inserted a special subset into the beginning of its 1986 regular set to honor Pete Rose for becoming major league baseball’s all-time hit leader with 4,192 hits on Sept. 11, 1985.
The second card in the tribute series featured thumbnail versions of Rose’s cards from 1967, 1968, 1969 and 1970 Topps set.
My favorite card in this quartet is the 1968 Topps card with the burlap background. Despite the posed batting stance, the image showcases the Reds’ pinstripe, vest uniforms which featured the player’s name under their number.
By 1967, Rose had made the switch to left field. During the four seasons featured on this card, Rose was named to the National League’s all-star team every season.
This four-year span also featured a pair of milestones during his pursuit of Cobb. In 1968, Rose collected his 1000th major league hit on June 26 against the New York Mets. With a string of three 200 hit seasons from 1968-70, Rose reached the 1,500 hit plato on August 29 at Montreal. By the end of the 1970 season, Rose had 1,532 career hits.
He also earned his first two batting titles in 1968 and 1968 and earned the only two Gold Glove awards of his carer in 1969 and 1970.
Rose reached the post season for the first time in his career. Cincinnati won 102 games and won the National League West division by 14.5 games over the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The Reds defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates in three straight games, to win their first National League pennant since 1961. They dropped the World Series to the Baltimore Orioles three games to one.