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Description of the Glory Years Set

If you could pick the one season, when your team had its most baseball glory (since 1920), when would it be? This card set has twenty such teams from the cities below. None of these special teams are available in any other card set. And, you won't find any teams from the Yankees evil empire here either.

Atlanta - Boston - Anaheim - Chicago (2) - Colorado - Florida - Houston - Los Angeles - Milwaukee - Minnesota - Montreal - Philadelphia - Pittsburgh - San Diego - San Francisco - St. Louis - Texas - Toronto - Washington / * NY fans check out the Complete Subway Series set.

Atlanta Braves - 1995

This is the Atlanta's only World Series champion team, despite a decade of NL East domination. Greg Maddux was practically unbeatable (19-2, 1.63 era) and they were a well balanced, competitive team.

Boston Red Sox - 1946

After winning 104 games in the regular season, they lost the World Series to the Cards. Some contend that Pesky held on to the ball softly thrown in from the outfield, allowing Enos Slaughter to score the winning run in game 7. He probably did not, but Enos scored nonetheless. Other stars included Ted Williams and Bobby Doerr.

California (Anaheim) Angels - 1982

Bats galore! Nearly the whole starting lineup played in an all-star game at one time or another. Introducing Rod Carew, Bobby Grich, Doug DeCinces, Reggie "Mr.October" Jackson, Fred Lynn and Don Baylor.

Chicago White Sox - 1959

The White Sox only World Series appearance since the Black Sox scandal. Early Wynn and Bob Shaw combined for 40 wins.

Chicago Cubs - 1935

Five hitters with averages over .310 and strong pitching led the Cubs to their only 100 win season since 1910. It came in the height of their NL dominance, spanning ten years from 1929 to 1938, when the Cubs made four World Series appearances, losing each time.

Colorado Rockies - 1995

Four .300 hitters and four 30+ homer guys were enough to lead this team to this city's only playoff birth, despite weak pitching. Stars included Andres Gallaraga, Eric Young, Vinnie Castilla, Dante Bichette and Larry Walker.

Florida Marlins - 1997

If only management hadn't broken up this World Series champion team loaded with young talent! Kevin Brown led the pitchers (16-8, 2.70 era) and hitters included Luis Castillo, Moises Alou, Bobby Bonilla and Gary Sheffield. Emerging stars Ellis Burks and Cliff Floyd added to future promise.

Houston Astros - 1998

They never made the World Series in franchise history, but they won 102 games in 1998 on the backs of Shane Reynolds, Jeff Bagwell, Craig Biggio and ex-Florida Marlin Moises Alou.

Los Angeles Dodgers - 1981

Is there any less glory winning the World Series during a strike year? We didn't think so and couldn't pass up the chance to present such an extensive list of big name players on one roster. Around the horn: Sciocia, Garvey, Lopes/Sax, Russell, Cey, Baker, Guerrero and Landreau/Monday. If that's not enough, check out pitchers Valenzuela, Hooton, Reuss, Welch, Sutcliffe and a young Smoke Stewart out of the pen!

Milwaukee Braves - 1957

This is Milwaukee's only World Series champion team, making 1957 an easy selection. They were led by Hall of Famers Warren Spahn, Eddie Mathews and Hank Aaron all in prime years.

Minnesota Twins - 1991

This team was world champion for the second time in five years. Led by Kent Hrbek, Chuck Knoblauch, Chili Davis and Kirby Puckett. Pitchers included Jack Morris, Kevin Tapani and 20 game winner Scott Erickson.

Montreal Expos - 1981

This strike season was the only year Montreal made the playoffs. Ironically, they were likely to make the playoffs as NL East champs in 1994 had it not been for a strike that prematurely ended the season. Led by Gary Carter, Andre Dawson (.300+ with 20+ HR and SB), Tim Raines (.300+ with 71 SB's in short season!) and closing duo Jeff Reardon.(2.20 era) and Woodie Fryman (1.88 era).

Philadelphia Phillies - 1980

This was the only World Series champion team Philadelphia had since 1930 and the only one most of us were alive to see and remember. It featured Steve Carlton in his prime (24-9, 2.34) and closer Tug McGraw in his best season (20 saves, 1.47 era). But the big star was Mike Schmidt in his 48 home run season.

Pittsburgh Pirates - 1971

Choosing Pittsburgh's best season was tough. The 1979 "We are family" team was tempting. But we couldn't pass up the well balanced 1971 team with Roberto Clemente (.341) and Willie Stargell in his 48 home run season.

San Diego Padres - 1998

San Diego has never had a world champion team. Their team in 1998 gave them a good chance, but they ran into the Yankees in their incredible 114 win season. Just their luck. Tony Gwynn (.321) and Greg Vaughn (50 home runs) led the hitters. Ken Caminiti, Wally Joyner and Steve Finley added support. Kevin Brown was dominant (18-7, 2.38 era) and Trevor Hoffman had one of the most spectacular relief jobs ever (53 saves, 1.48 era).

San Francisco Giants - 1962

San Francisco has never won a World Series, but this team came close. They lost to the Yankees in seven games, despite winning 103 regular season games compared to 96 by the Yanks. Hall of Famers Willie "Say-Hey" Mays (.302, 49 HRs and 18 SB), Orlando "Cha-Cha" Cepeda (.306 and 35 HRs) and Willie McCovey (.293 and 20 HRs in only 229 AB) all had big years. Pitchers Jack Sanford, Billy O'Dell and Hall of Famer Juan Marichal combined for 61 wins between them.

St. Louis Browns - 1944

There is no doubt that 1944 was St. Louis' best year because they sent two teams to the World Series. The Cardinals were the winners, but they are already available as a bonus part of the 16 Best Teams Ever set. So, we made the American League Browns team instead. The hitting star was Shortstop Vern Stephens (.293, 20 HRs 109 RBI) and the leading pitchers were Jack Kramer (17 wins, 2.49 era) and Nels Potter (19 wins, 2.83 era).

Texas Rangers - 1996

Texas is still wating for its first World Series appearance. the Astros never did it and neither did the Rangers. The Rangers gave it a run, with a stretch of playoff teams in three of four years (1996, '98 and '99). This team did not have strong pitching, but they had some great hitting including AL MVP Juan Gonzalez (.314, 47 HR, 144 RBI), Ivan Rodriguez, Dean Palmer and Will "Thrill" Clark.

Toronto Blue Jays - 1992

This was the first time that Canada, let alone Toronto, ever won a World Series. It was huge! They were known for their hitting with Dave Winfield (26 HRs, 108 RBI), Joe Carter (34 HRs, 119 RBI) and table setter Roberto Alomar (.310, 49 SBs). Ace Jack Morris won 21 games and had great bullpin support from Tom "Terminator" Henke (2.28 era) and Duane Ward (1.96 era).

Washington Senators - 1924

The Senators had Hall of Fame bats in Goose Goslin (.344) and Sam Rice (.334), but Walter Johnson and support from other pitchers in their best years made this Washington's most glorious team.

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