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And it's not a pretty one for the American League of yore.

It's the American League vs. the National League ca. 1970 writ small. If you've ever wondered why the Nationals won all but one All-Star Game in this era, the reason might well be found in these mint-in-box ballplayers from Transogram. Long before Starting Lineups came along, there were these, and the deck was clearly stacked in the Senior Circuit's favor. Looking at the 15 players (three per box) from each league, we find a staggering difference in the career WAR.

N.L.

1114.7

A.L.

699.4

Willie Mays

150.8

Frank Robinson

100.9

Hank Aaron

137.3

Carl Yastrzemski

90.1

Tom Seaver

101.1

Al Kaline

87.4

Roberto Clemente

89.8

Reggie Jackson

68.4

Bob Gibson

77.5

Harmon Killebrew

55.8

Pete Rose

76.7

Jim Fregosi

45.5

Ron Santo

66.6

Sam McDowell

39.8

Ernie Banks

62.5

Tony Oliva

39.7

Willie McCovey

60.7

Mel Stottlemyre

37.5

Juan Marichal

58.2

Rico Petrocelli

35.7

Willie Davis

56.8

Boog Powell

35.0

Joe Torre

54.2

Frank Howard

33.8

Jerry Koosman

53.1

Denny McLain

18.0

Jimmy Wynn

53.1

Rick Reichardt

11.6

Cleon Jones

16.3

Blue Moon Odom

0.2

The real problem area for the Transogram A.L. team is the starting pitching, but I'm sure the men they chose seemed like sane choices at the time.

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