Topps 1975 All-Star Rookie Team: Mike Ivie

Mike Ivie 1976 001Everyone loves a trophy. In 1960, Topps created an All-Rookie Team and the baseball cards of outstanding young players had trophies added to their pictures.

There were a pair of National Baseball Hall of Fame Inductees on the squad 40 years ago along with several all-stars and most valuable players.

The second member of the 1975 team to be profiled in the this series is Mike Ivie.

Mike Ivie was the first player picked in the 1970 draft by the San Diego Padres. Ivie made it to the big leagues in 1971 for six games.

In 1975, Ivie played 111 games for the Padres at catcher, first base and third base. He hit eight homers and had 46 RBI with a .249 batting average.

During the 1978 season in San Francisco, Ivie hit a pair of pinch-hit grand slams. He is one of five players in major league history to accomplish that feat.

Ivie’s best season was in 1979 with the Giants when he hit 27 homers with 89 RBI. His first year with the Giants he batted .308.

Ivie left the Giants in 1981 in a trade to Houston. He later played with the Detroit Tigers in 1982-1983.

Next up in the series: Jerry Remy of the California Angels.

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