Beginning in his rookie year, Fred Lynn was the consummate hitter. He was part of the famous Red Sox outfield that included Dwight Evans and Jim Rice and occasionally Carl Yastrzemski. It was in 1979 when he had his career year for the Red Sox. That year, he led the AL in batting (.333), OBP (.423) and slugging (.637) all while hitting 39 homers.
Chicago native, Lynn also drove in 122 runs and scored 116 himself all while playing impeccable defense in center field.
Lynn gets a somewhat uncommon 1-1-6-6-6 power number combination for his 1979 card. Uncommon, I suppose because APBA didn’t want to make it too strong (and too unrealistic, for that matter) with a runner on third. Indeed, Lynn would have five chances for a homer in that situation.
Fred Lynn gets a 55-7 on top of that. With his four 8s, he has a 9 on 42.
Fun numbers: 44-6, 55-7, 26-14
Lynn was one of those players that did everything right. While he didn’t steal many bases, he didn’t ground into too many double plays (41-28) either. He was a great fielder (OF-3, 36 arm), walked plenty (five 14s) and even took one for the team once in while (one 22).
Here’s a trivia question for old time Red Sox fans: Fred Lynn DHed just once in 1979. Who played center field for the Red Sox when Lynn did that? Hint: he wasn’t a full time Sox outfielder.