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Re: Lost another hero today
Ah, this has escpaed me - I was 4 in 1954 and not quite up to knowing who was who. I do remember Moon from 1959 - Dodgers played the Cubs in the regular season and the White Sox in the World Series. My dad took the brood to see the Cubs play that great 1961 Dodgers team at Wrigley. Great to see Moon and Duke and Hodges and Gilliam and Roseboro and Wills - and Sandy Koufax on the mound - pre-greatest years, but still - Sandy Koufax,
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....