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Re: Lost another hero today
The configuration of the L.A. Coliseum resulted in a short 250-ft left field screen, leading to those "Moon shots" and many more home runs [24 in the 1st week of play]. In a bit of irony as related to current events, HRs over the left field screen were often referred to in those pre-PC days as "[certain ethnic group] home runs."
As a life-long Dodger fan, Jim, I regret that I must point out that Wally Moon didn't join the Dodgers till several years later. I do clearly recall his Moonshots over the left field wall (screen?) in left field in the L.A. Coliseum.
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]
I suspected that might be it Joe. These three didn't make it onto the rosters for long enough in '53 for a card or for honors. As I just looked up - 1953's AL Rookie of the Year was another great name from that long ago era - Harvey Kuenn. '54 AL winner was Yankee Bob Grim with Kaline coming in third. In '54 NL, Dodger Wally Moon swamped Banks, Aaron, and Gene Conley to win it. 1953 NL winner was Dodger Jim (Junior) Gilliam. It's great to see all these names again....