Gene Hermanski - 1952 Topps

Eugene Victor “Gene” Hermanski (May 11, 1920 - August 9, 2010) hit only 46 home runs during his nine-year career, but enjoyed one of those once in a lifetime games on August 5, 1948 when he hit three for the Brooklyn Dodgers in one game against the Chicago Cubs. The Brooklyn Dodgers signed Gene in 1939, but he spent much of the next four years in the Eastern Shore League with the Federalsburg A’s and debuted in the Major Leagues in 1943. Just as many of the players of the era had done, Hermanski enlisted in the service during World War II, the United States Coast Guard, and lost two years to the war. He returned to the Dodgers in 1946 serving as a backup outfielder for two year before finding a spot in the everyday lineup in 1948. Hermanski had career highs in games (133), hits (116), doubles (22), home runs (7) stolen bases (15) and RBI (60) while batting .290. Gene helped the Dodgers capture the National League pennant in 1947 and 1949, but Brooklyn lost both World Series to the New York Yankees in each. Hermanski played nine years with the Dodgers (1943, 1946-1951), the Chicago Cubs (1951-1953) and the Pittsburgh Pirates (1953). In the late 1940s, as Brooklyn general manager Branch Rickey was poised to introduce Jackie Robinson to the Major Leagues thereby breaking the color barrier, Hermanski promoted solidarity and tolerance among his teammates. Gene Hermanski appeared in 739 games where he hit .272 for his career with 533 hits, 276 runs, 459 RBI and 46 home runs. He also had a .977 fielding percentage with 1,088 putouts in 1,167 chances.



Condition Census (Explain)

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MINT 9
2 NM-MT 8 (24)

PRICES BY GRADE

1952 TOPPS 16 GENE HERMANSKI

Grade Most Recent Price Average Price SMR Price Population POP Higher
Auth 6 340
PR 1 5 335
FR 1.5 1 334
GOOD 2 $18.50 $18.50 3 331
VG 3 $11.60 $11.60 14 315
VG - EX 4 $25.00 $20.71 44 264
EX 5 $40.00 $34.50 $40.00 87 172
EX - MT 6 $41.00 $51.00 $80.00 89 81
NM 7 $116.50 $116.50 $185.00 50 26
NM - MT 8 $380.00 $380.00 $425.00 24 1
MINT 9 $1,500.00 1
GEM - MT 10

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