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Re: Lost another hero today
Only ever got the whole set of Topps cards for 1956. I vividly recall the frustration trying to get that one last card. In my case it was #313, Boston Red Sox OF Gene Stephens. Poor guy had the bad luck of being behind Ted Williams on the depth chart and was often referred to as Ted's caddy.
BTW - the 1953 stats for the 3 players were: Al Kaline [30 games; 29 AB], Ernie Banks [10 games; 35 AB], Hank Aaron [0;0]
Great selection of great cards. I'm not sure that there were rookie cards for these stars-to-be in 1953. These are their 1954 Topps cards, most easily available as a bonus in bubble gum packs. I ended up with every card issued that year and in several subsequent years. You may recall that the team cards included tiny printed names of everyone on the club's roster with a small check-off box next to each name.
"There were giants in the earth in those days" the Good Book says. There certainly were giants in major league baseball then in the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s, and I am not sure that we have seen any comparable era in our lives since then. Kaline, Aaron, Banks.....we'd be hard pressed to find a better trio of rookie players in the 144 years of the major leagues.
Not a bad year for rookies in the Midwest....
This has nothing to do with The Kingston or Folk music, however we lost Bob Shane in January, and today another of my long time heroes. Al Kaline #6 Detroit Tigers passed away at age 85.
He went from High School to the Detroit Tigers, where he would play his entire career. A true gentleman, hall of famer, and one of the greatest right fielders ever.
I never heard anyone say an un kind word about him. R I P....