Walter Beck - 1934 Goudey

Walter William “Boom-Boom” Beck (October 16, 1904 - May 7, 1987) pitched 12 years in the Major Leagues, but had only two winning seasons. Beck began his career with the St. Louis Browns (1924, 1927-1928), went to play for the Brooklyn Dodgers (1933-1934), pitched for the Philadelphia Phillies (1939-1943) and finished his career with the Detroit Tigers (1944), Cincinnati Reds (1945) and Pittsburgh Pirates (1945). While pitching against the Phillies in 1934 at the Baker Bowl, Beck was getting hit hard and as manager Casey Stengel approached him to remove him from the game, he rifled a ball off the outfield wall. The thunderous boom that echoed off the wall as the ball caromed into the field earned Boom-Boom his nickname that stuck with him throughout the rest of his career. He suffered through numerous years on terrible teams, and posted a 38-69 record with 44 complete games, 352 strikeouts, and a 4.30 career ERA in 265 appearances. Boom-Boom enjoyed much better success in the minor leagues and retired with a 236-236 professional pitching record. Following his playing days, Beck served as the Washington Senators pitching coach (1957-1959).



Condition Census (Explain)

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MINT 9
2 NM-MT 8 (10)

PRICES BY GRADE

1934 GOUDEY 50 WALTER BECK

Grade Most Recent Price Average Price SMR Price Population POP Higher
Auth $8.95 $8.95 4 192
PR 1 $8.00 7 185
FR 1.5 2 183
GOOD 2 $16.00 10 173
VG 3 $24.99 $24.99 $25.00 15 157
VG - EX 4 $18.38 $23.91 $38.00 29 126
EX 5 $56.88 $56.44 $60.00 41 82
EX - MT 6 $59.00 $49.76 $95.00 37 40
NM 7 $138.50 $138.50 $180.00 25 11
NM - MT 8 $100.00 $100.00 $325.00 10 1
MINT 9 $1,850.00 1
GEM - MT 10

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