1959 Topps #’s 343-351
Thanks to my trip to the LSC this weekend, Ted Lepcio, #348, finished off another page in my 1959 Topps set binder.
My favorite card: Gotta be Mr. Cub, Ernie Banks. Banks would go on to win back-to-back MVP Awards in ’59 by belting 41 home runs, driving in 143 runners, and hit a cool .304.
Number of Red Sox cards: Two—Lepcio and #646 Batter Bafflers combo card of Tom Brewer and Dave Sisler. Brewer had been an All-Star for the Sox in ’56 when he went 19-9
Other Red Sox alumni: Two… Russ Nixon checks in here and actually played for the BoSox on two separate occasions from 1960–1965, and ended his career with them in 1968. Of note, he was also traded TWICE to the Red Sox in 1960, but Sammy White refused to report to the Cleveland Indians and thus voided the deal. The two teams came to an agreement three months later with Ted Bowsfield and Marty Keough heading to the Tribe. Billy Hoeft pitched in five games for the Sox in 1959.
Other interesting player of note: Gil McDougald takes the cake here. The 1951 Rookie of Year winner also went on to earn five All-Star selections as well as place five times in MVP voting. Gil was also a member of eight American League pennant winners. Although often overshadowed by Cooperstown-bound teammates like Mickey Mantle, Yogi Berra, and Whitey Ford, McDougald was the glue that held together the Bombers’ infield of the 1950s. He was also particularly clutch at World Series time.
Best factoid evah: Ok so get this—man Baseball-Reference.com is the bible—on May 2, 1959 Dave Sisler AND Ted Lepcio where traded by the Boston Red Sox to the Detroit Tigers for Billy Hoeft. Too bad these three cards weren’t numbered sequentially—but hey, to have all three on the SAME page, what are the odds?