Today’s Senators card was a neat little treat for me. I don’t care about the condition, just owning a card from 1949 is pretty cool for me. Maybe I can find similar cards out there…
Oh, and I’m a little late on the redemption offer there.
Bio/Summary: This was the twilight of Christman’s career; it may well be his last card, I’m not sure, but for his era, Christman was a decent second baseman. Never had an OPS+ over 100, but I’d say for a middle infielder in those days, that was quite all right. Here’s the interesting thing: his high-water mark was a 98 OPS+, in 1945. Since OPS+ is adjusted for era based on the average performance of any given player (with 100 being average – this is non-position adjusted, too, so a corner infielder or outfielder should be well above 100), it’s instructive to look at his numbers and get an idea of what the baseline was in 1945. He had a .277 average, .328 OBP (!), and .370 (!) slugging, for a .698 OPS. Compare that to last year, when that would net you an 81 OPS+ (exactly Jesus Flores’ stats last year). Just interesting to see how offense has evolved over the years.