Howie Pollet - 1951 Topps Red Back

Howard Joseph “Howie” Pollet (June 26, 1921 - August 8, 1974) finished a distant sixth in strikeouts with 107 in 1946, 28 behind Chicago Cubs pitcher Johnny Schmitz’ 135, thereby dashing his chance to capture the pitching Triple Crown as he led the National League in wins (21) and ERA (2.10). The St. Louis Cardinals signed Howie in 1939, assigning him to Single-A Houston. Pollet proceeded to go 55-16 with a 2.28 ERA before being called up in late August 1941. In his first three years pitching in the Gateway City, Pollet went 20-11 and led the NL in ERA (1.75) in 1943 for the first time to earn his first of three All-Star selections. Howie spent 1944 and 1945 serving in the United States Army Air Forces, but returned to star once again for the Cards rotation. In 1946, he was the ace of the staff, going 21-10, and helped lead them to a tie for the National League pennant with the Brooklyn Dodgers. Pollet was tapped to pitch the opening game of the three game series against the Dodgers to determine the pennant and he threw a complete game 4-2 victory. St. Louis dispatched Brooklyn two days later to reach the World Series against the Boston Red Sox. They then beat the BoSox in seven games. His best years came in St. Louis (1941-1943, 1946-1951) as he also posted a 20-9 season in 1949, leading the NL in shutouts with five. Pollet pitched 14 years in the Majors with the Redbirds, the Pittsburgh Pirates (1951-1953, 1956), the Chicago Cubs (1953-1955) and the Chicago White Sox (1956). Howie Pollet finished his career with a 131-116 record, 934 strikeouts, 116 complete games, 25 shutouts and 20 saves while posting a 3.51 ERA in 277 starts and 403 appearances. After he retired, Howie returned to the Redbirds to serve as pitching coach from 1959 to 1964, helping them win the 1964 World Series armed with Hall of Famer Bob Gibson and All-Stars Curt Simmons and Mike Cuellar, among others.



Condition Census (Explain)

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MINT 9 (35)

PRICES BY GRADE

1951 TOPPS RED BACK 7 HOWIE POLLET

Grade Most Recent Price Average Price SMR Price Population POP Higher
Auth 204
PR 1 204
FR 1.5 3 201
GOOD 2 2 199
VG 3 4 195
VG - EX 4 $5.63 $5.63 14 181
EX 5 $8.99 $8.99 $6.00 38 140
EX - MT 6 $19.99 $19.99 $10.00 30 109
NM 7 $20.49 $20.49 $18.00 16 92
NM - MT 8 $22.22 $22.22 $40.00 57 35
MINT 9 $49.99 $49.99 $80.00 35
GEM - MT 10

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