Baseball - 1949 Eureka Sportstamps: John Woody Image Gallery
Hall-of-Famer!! Baseball Commissioner '45-'51. Hey, "Happy" really looks like Lyndon Johnson did, in 1949! This is, of course, his "Rookie" issue!! This former Kentucky Governor & Senator hit .467 at Transylvania College! During WWII, Happy said this, about black ballplayers, "If they can fight, and die, in Okinawa, Guadacanal, and the South Pacific, then they can play baseball in America. And when I give my word, you can count on it." Albert is only included in 2 issues. This one, and the 1950 Callahan. The highest PSA grade assigned to any Happy Chandler item is an "8"!!
HOFer, and the inspiration for the "Ford Frick Award", as he did some broadcasting early in his career. Ford played semi-pro baseball, and was a sportswriter at the New York Journal, prior to his time in broadcasting. NL President '34-'51, and Baseball Commisioner '51-'65. Just like "Happy"...this is his "Rookie" issue...and, in fact, his only issue prior to 1959.....and MINT! There are no PSA 10's of any Frick cards issued during his career. So, for this Hall-of -Famer, this is as good as it gets!!
Billy played 13 years, in the majors. An outfielder, he led the league in triples in 1919, and in fielding in '20. His lifetime BA was .297. Was player/Manager for St. Louis in '29. Coached for the Giants in '33. Then managed St. Louis and Boston '40-'51. Managed 4 pennant winners, and 2 World Series Champs!!
Johnny is best remembered for his great years with the Giants. This is his "rookie" issue...with the Boston Braves! During the 50's, he had the 10th most wins, in the majors!
"Red" holds one of the great baseball records...one that I don't think will ever be broken! In 1944, he pitched a nine inning game, defeated the Reds, and only threw 58 pitches!! In 1945, he led the league in wins, with 23! Red was traded during the '45 season..winning 2 games for the Braves, and 21 for the Cards! This MINT example is a very real KEY to this set! This stamp is the top outside corner stamp on the front sheet. It is almost impossible to find one in even "near mint" condition. The finest examples known are this one, and one PSA 7 example.
This is "Connie's" rookie issue. 1949 was his first year in the majors...lifetime, he hit .271.
Rookie of the Year in 1948! This is Alvin's "Rookie" issue...and Gem Mint 10!!! During the decade of the 50's, who had the 4th most hits in the majors? Yep, Alvin did! He also had a 13 year career as a manager. Took the Giants to the World Series in '62, and the A's to 2 WS...winning the championship in 1974!!
Bob was the 1947 NL MVP!! A 6-time All-Star, "Mr. Team" played, in The Bigs, for 15 years...then Managed KC in '60...and coached, with the Angels, in '61. Bob played, on the Pirates, with the Waners, and Arky Vaughn. During the decade of the 40's, Bob ranked #1 in RBI's (with 903), and #2 in hits!! In the book, "Baseball's Best 1000", Bob is listed among the top 300!
"Lefty" pitched for the Boston Braves in '47, '48 & '49...also went 14-5, in '47, and 14-7, in '48, for the Milwaukee Brewers. According to the Eureka album bio, Glenn "teaches high school, in Myrtle Creek, Oregon, between seasons."
1949 was Elbert's last in the majors. He had come up, in '34, with the Boston Braves. He led the league in walks in '40 & '41. He led the league, in OBP in '40, '41 & 42. In '43, he led the league in fielding, and was on the NL All-Star team!! In the book, "Baseball's Best 1000", Elbie is included in the top 500!
This was Bob's rookie year...and he went 6-4! I believe that this is Bob's ONLY major league issue!
A "Gem Mint 10" of the first 20/20/20 man in the American League! In 1941 he hit 32 doubles, 20 triples, and 24 HR's!! In 1938, Jeff had a pretty good Rookie year...343, with 21 HRs, & 112 RBIs!
Bobby's "rookie" issue! In 1948, as a rookie, he went 8-2!
Lifetime .302!! In '45, he hit .352, with league-leading 28 HRs & 117 RBIs!! That year he finished 2nd in the MVP voting! According to the bio, in the Eureka album, Tommy "is an avid collector of dance orchestra recordings." He's also included in the book, "Baseball's Best 1000." Tommy was the Braves Player/Manager in 1951.
By 1949, "Moose's" playing career was winding down. After '48, he appeared in only 8 more ML games. He went on to coach, for the Red Sox, for 5 seasons.
14 years in The Bigs. 4 time All-Star! Led the league, in fielding, 3 times! And..a Gem Mint 10!! According to his Eureka Album bio, "Phil goes in heavily for movies, football, and literature."
"Nellie's" last year, in the majors, was 1949. This knuckle-baller wound up with a lifetime ERA of 3.99, over 12 ML seasons.
A 3-time All-Star, Pete spent 10 years, in the majors, as a player..and 15 as a coach. Hit .343, to lead the league in '41! Led the league in stolen bases in '42 & '46. Lost the 3 years in between to WWII. In 1946 he stole home 7 times!! Had a .295 lifetime BA. His older brother signed with the Yankees, at 17; but died, of scarlet fever, before he could report to camp.
"Twitch" was in the majors for 6 years. In 1949, he hit .292. He is in the 1952 Topps set as Marv Rickert. During WWII, Marv served in the Aleutians.
Cornelius was a NL All-Star in '44. He played, in the majors, for 12 seasons. He coached, for the Braves and Texas, for 8 years, and managed (briefly) for both teams.
Ralph Kiner's first major league roommate...Jim spent 10 seasons in the NL. He had a lifetime batting average of .267. On June 7, 1948, he had 4 extra-basehits, in one game! Jim's '49 Eureka issue is notoriously difficult to find in nice condition, due to the usual slight damage caused by the staple that was always folded over this stamp. No "9's", or "10's" have ever been graded. This is the ONLY PSA 8!!
"Spahn and Sain...and pray for rain." In 1949, Johnny went 24-15, and finished 2nd, to Musial, in the MVP vote!! In '54 he worked out of the Yankee bullpen, and led the AL in saves! His "money pitch" was a great curve. Johnny was a Navy aviator, during WWII.
"The Pride of Pocatello" hit .311, as a Rookie, in '45. Lifetime average was .273.
What a GREAT photo of Sibby!! (Not to mention, one of the all-time great names!) Sabastian played 13 years in the Bigs..all in the NL. He was the American Association MVP, in '46, while hitting .343!
Hall-of-Famer!! Won 20, or more, games 13 times!! 363 wins!!! All-time winningest left-hander! Lead the league, in wins, 8 times! Was the winningest pitcher during the 50's (with 202 wins)! A 14-time All-Star! The Braves retired his #21. Warren served with the 276th Combat Engineers, in Germany, during WWII. He was wounded, and almost killed, when a German bridge collapsed.
This is Eddie's "Rookie" issue! "The Brat" was a 2-time All-Star, coming off of a .320 batting average, in 1948! In the book, "Baseball's Best 1000", Eddie was listed in the top 400! He managed for 8 years...then coached University of South Alabama baseball...taking them from obscurity to national prominence.
"Big Bill's" best year was 1944, when he won 21 for the Giants...and was an All-Star! The year before ('43) he had LOST 21 at Jersey City! "Ninety Six" pitched, in the NL, for 9 years...and retired with a 3.83 lifetime ERA.
"Barney" spent 14 years, in the majors, as a player..and 9 as a manager. Led the "Bums" to the NL pennant in '49!
In 1949, Jack went 10-6...the high point of his 4-year major league career (all with the Dodgers). Jack won the last game of the 1949 season, clinching the pennant for the Dodgers! He was the strike-out leader of the International League, with Montreal, in '47 & '48.
Rex had a 6-year ML career..all with the Dodgers. In '48 & '49 he went 15-13 & 9-8....he no-hit the Giants on September 9, 1948..(and..a PSA 10!). Rex is considered, by many, to have had the fastest fastball in baseball history...but he had little control. It has been written that Rex would be in the Hall of Fame..."if only the plate had been high and outside!" During WWII, played ball at Ft Riley Kansas.
1949 was Ralph's last really great year. This year he went 13-5! In 1951 he threw the pitch that became "the shot heard 'round the world". Ralph was also a fine basketball player, and an outstanding bowler!
"Buckshot" hit .303 in 1949! Born in Brooklyn, he spent the first 6 years, of his 9 year ML career, with the Dodgers. According to his Eureka Album bio, Tommy is "a great addict of recording machines." (I'm not even sure what that means!)
This is "Campy's" rookie issue! 1949 was his 1st year, of 8 in a row, as a NL All-Star! A Hall-of-Famer, and a 3-time National league MVP!! His career was cut short by a tragic automobile accident.
Previously a shortstop, Billy was moved to 3rd,to team up with Pee Wee, from '48 until Gilliam arrived (and Robinson moved to 3rd) in '53. Billy was a tank commander, under Patton, in WWII.
"Bull" was a 2-time All-Star, with a 10-year career, in the majors. Also known as "Hank", he led the NL in both put-outs & double plays, in 1947.
Looks like "Skoonj" is really stretching for this one!...and on his "Rookie" issue, too! In '49 Carl hit .322, with 18 HR's & 106 RBI's! Spent 15 years with the Dodgers. Because of his great arm (and the fact that he was from Reading)..he was known as "The Reading Rifle". Carl came into the minors as a pitcher, but was quickly converted to an outfielder. During WWII, fought with the 77th Division, in the South Pacific. In the book, "Baseball's Best 1000", Carl is listed in the top 400!
Joe was 14-11, as a rookie, for the '46 Dodgers. He went 12-8 in '49, to bring his record, during his first 4 years, to 56-37. Unfortunately, Joe didn't get to the majors until he was 29. He pitched for 7 years, and had a .570 winning percentage.
Wow, Gene, what a catch! Is he facing the outfield? Gene hit .299 in '49, and .298 in '50! Also, he once hit 3 HR's in a ML game!
Gil's "Rookie" issue...and it's Mint!! 8-time All-Star. 20, or more, HRs 11 years in a row! 16 years as a Dodger. Maybe the best player, not in the Hall-of-Fame. Has the most HRs of anyone from Indiana. Also has the most HRs of any "Aries". Managed for 9 years..managed the "Miracle Mets" in '69. Gil came up as a catcher, but was converted to 1st base, so that Jackie Robinson could be moved to second. During WWII, Gil hit the beaches at Okinawa, with the 16th Anti-Aircraft Battalion!
In '48, "Spider" hit .300, for the Dodgers! He spent 5 years in The Bigs...3 with the Dodgers, and 2 with the Giants. He almost missed being in this photo...check out the centering on this shot!
A PSA 10! 1949 was Lefty's rookie year. He went on to pitch for 7 different teams during his 10-year ML career. He is included in the 1952 Topps set as Morrie Martin. According to his Eureka Album bio, he "served in Germany, and was wounded by machine gun bullets, in the left thigh."
Lifetime .275 over 10 seasons. Hit .303 in 1948!
Eddie was a good-fielding, light-hitting, utility guy. He played 6 different positions during his 14 year ML stint!
"Lefty" pitched in 10 ML seasons. He went 3-1, in 1949.
Sam's only major league experience, as a player, was with the Cards in '35, '42 & '43. He never had an at-bat with the Dodgers. I believe that this is his only issue, as a major league player. Sam coached, for Pittsburgh, '52-'64. In 1949, he was the Dodger's batting practice pitcher.
Rookie of the Year in 1949!! I'll bet that you didn't even know that Don HAD a 1949 issue! His REAL "Rookie" issue! And..a Gem Mint PSA 10!! This is the only PSA 10 of any Don Newcombe item issued in the 40's!! Don won the Cy Young AND the MVP in 1956, while going 27-7!! A 4-time All-Star, with a great fastball, "Newk" finished up with a .623 winning percentage!! Could he hit? His 1955 slugging % of .632 is still the all-time record for a pitcher!
I THINK that this is Jake's "rookie issue". I don't know of any other earlier issues, other than large B&W team-issued photos. His career, as a player, consisted of 2 years (1917 & 1918) with the Pirates. He coached, for the Dodgers, '47-'57. Jake coached, at Newport News, during WWII, when Branch Rickey was signing lots of very young players. At one point, Jake had 15 players under 18 years of age!
"Pee Wee" was the Dodger Captain...a Hall-of-Famr...10-time All-Star...16 years as a Dodger. In 1949, he led the league in Runs Scored, with 132, and led the league in fielding!
Hall-of Famer!! If people refer to his '49 Bowman as his "Rookie card", then, I guess, this is, also, Jackie's "Rookie" issue. More importantly, 1949 was his MVP year!!. In '49 Jackie hit a league-leading .342, with 124 RBI's, and 37 stolen bases!! He led the league, in fielding, in '48, '50, '51, & '54! He led all 2nd basemen, in double plays, in '49, '50, '51 & '52! Jackie was traded, to the Giants, after the '56 season...but chose to retire. He has a .311 lifetime batting average! His uniform #42 has been retired, not just by the Dodgers, but by all of baseball!!! There are only 4 Vintage Jackie Robinson PSA 10's..three of these, and a '55 Topps!
This is Duke's "Rookie" issue...and a Gem Mint PSA 10!!!. This is the only PSA 10 of any Duke Snider item issued in the 40's!! Hall-of-Famer...8-time All-Star...407 HR's...2nd, to Campy, in the '53 MVP vote! Hit 40, or more, HR's five years in a row! The only player to hit 4 HR's in two different World Series! During the 50's, Duke had more HR's, and more RBI's than anyone else! His #4 has been retired, by the Dodgers! During WWII, he served aboard the submarine tender, the USS Sperny.
6 years in The Bigs..4 with Brooklyn, and 2 with the Phillies. Lifetime fielding average of .992!
The only "10"..and "Smokey's" real "rookie"! Bet you didn't know that he had a 1949 issue! 6-time All-Star..15 years in the majors..Lifetime .295. Led the league in fielding 3 times!
Phil was the MVP in 1945, while hitting .355! Lifetime, he hit .293, over a 22 year career. He is included in the book "Baseball's Best 1000"!
"Mr. Chips" pitched, in the NL, for 12 years. He had a lifetime ERA of 3.72. He was traded, to the Cubs, for Eddie Stanky.
"Monk" spent 7 years in the majors. He pitched for the Yankees, Phillies & Cubs.
Wow...what a follow-through on that swing!! And this from a lifetime .280 hitter, who led the league in triples in 1946 (with 16 in only 458 AB's)!
Frankie's in position to make a great catch!! On the NL All-Star team in '46, '47 & '48!!
What a catch! Hal looks like somebody's Grandpa, here! And this is Hal's Rookie issue..he was only 25 in this picture! He went on to enjoy a 12-year ML career! According to his Eureka Album bio, Hal "insists there's nothing like huntin' and fishin'."
1949 was the last of Emil's 6 years in The Bigs. He had a lifetime .636 winning %!...and a 3.38 lifetime ERA!
"Porky" spent his entire 5-year ML career with the Cubbies.
Dutch was a terrific knuckleballer who spent 20 years in the majors! During the 40's, Dutch had the 5th most wins in the majors! A 4-time All-Star! Lifetime..191 wins, with an ERA of 3.25!
13 seasons in The Bigs...lifetime BA of .273..."Peanuts" made the NL All-Star team in 1946!
Check out the condition of the field on which Gene is making this incredible pick up! This is Gene Mauch's ROOKIE issue! Gene spent 9 years as a player, and 26 years as a major league manager! According to his Eureka album bio, Gene "likes basketball and gunning, when the snow is underfoot."
"Buster" came up, with the Dodgers, in 1944. He ended his playing career, with the Phillies, in 1964. He, then, coached for 17 seasons! Cal was an All-Star in 1959, while going 19-8!
His "Rookie" issue..1949 was Rube's only year in the majors...and I believe that this is his only major league issue! According to his Eureka Album bio, his "hands are so huge he has to have his catching mit (sic) made to order."
Now, if this was a '52 Topps....I'd be retired!! "Handy Andy" played 17 seasons in the NL..and was a 5-time All-Star!
Wow, what a backhand stab!! In '49, Bob played for both the Dodgers and the Cubs.
Herman was a 32-year old rookie in '49...his only year in the majors. He played in 108 games with the Cubs, and hit .280, and fielded .989! He also played in 2 games for Washington, and one game with the Indians.
"Big Bob's" rookie issue..2-time All-Star..13 ML seasons.
"Bear Tracks" had the best year of his 13-year career in 1948. He went 18-13, and was a NL All-Star for the 2nd time!
Bob was coming off of his best season in '48, when he hit .300 for the Cubbies. He played, in the majors, for 8 years...coached for 5 years...and managed for 6 more. In 1961, he led the Tigers to 101 wins, and a second place finish (behind the Yanks).
Roy's "rookie issue". The best of his 11 ML seasons was 1950...when he hit 21 HRs, & had 85 RBIs! Roy's son enjoyed a 13 year ML career...and was an All-Star in 1979!
"The Antelope" (or, as he was also known) "Dutch" was an All-Star in '45, '46, & '47! According to his Eureka Album bio, Emil "has a valuable collection of autographed baseballs at home."
"Rube" was coming off a nice Rookie season where he hit .275, and fielded .980..he went on to play 11 seasons in The Bigs, and then coached for 20 more!
Harry "The Hat"..this is his "Rookie Issue", and the ONLY vintage PSA 10 of Harry Walker! He batted in "Country" Slaughter to win the 7th game of the '46 series!! 2-time AS..hit .363 to lead the NL in '47..managed 9 years. Harry was "Dixie" Waker's brother. During WWII, Harry was wounded, twice, while with recon squads behind German lines! According to his Eureka Album bio, he was the "...inventor of the two-toned bat..."
The 1939 MVP!! Bucky went 27-11, with a 2.29 ERA that year! He led the league in Wins, ERA, and strikeouts...the pitcher's "Triple Crown"!! He managed the Reds in '48 & '49...and coached, in the NL, for 8 more years. In the book, "Baseball's Best 1000", Bucky is included in the top 500! He broke in as a 3rd baseman...then, early on, made the switch to pitching.
Bobby played, in the majors, for 14 seasons.....then coached for 7 more!
In '47 "The Whip" went 22-8, and finished 2nd in the MVP voting!!
Jimmy played with 5 different teams, over an 11 year ML career.
"Walk" was an 8-time NL All-Star catcher! Played for 18 seasons..had a lifetime BA of .285! Walker, and his brother, Mort, were both on the NL All-Star team in '42 & '43! Coached for St. Louis, and Kansas City.
Another great "Gem Mint 10"! "Coach" played for 15 years, then coached for 21. A 3-time All-Star, he had a lifetime .280 average. In 1933, he was a member of the very first NL All-Star team!
In 1948, Jess went 7-2, with a 3.15 ERA!!
Eddie pitched, in the majors, for 6 seasons. In '49 he enjoyed his best ERA - 3.36!
I believe that this is "Lefty's" only major league issue! He spent 2 years, in the majors. He went 0-2, in '49, and 0-3 in '53 (with the Athletics).
In Howie's 9-year ML career, he appeared in 248 games (132 as a starter). He played for Baltimore in '54...and died in 1955.
12 years in the Bigs..and 3 years managing Houston. Led the league in fielding 3 times! I think that this is a great looking card!
"Dixie" played for the Pirates in '47. He did not appear, in the majors, in'48..and started playing for the Reds in '49. After 4 seasons in Cincy, Homer played the last 3 years of his ML career in Brooklyn. Another great-looking PSA 10! According to his Eureka Album bio, he "was with General Patton's famous Third Army, fought in three campaigns, including Battle of the Bulge."
"Big Klu" was,. for 6 seasons, (in the heart of his career), a slick-fielding 1st baseman who hit for average...and POWER! He led the league, in fielding, 1951 through 1955! In '53 through '56 he hit over .300 each year, with 35 (or more) HR's, and more than 100 RBI's! In 1954 he hit .326, with 49 HR's, and 141 RBI's! This 4-time All-Star played, in the majors, for 15 seasons...then coached, with the Reds, for 9 more.
In his rookie season (1940), Danny hit .345! He was a NL All-Star in 1942! In 1949, he hit .291.
Known as both "Buddy", and "Red", Everett pitched, for the Reds, in '47, '48 & '49. His dad pitched for Detroit.
Another PSA 10! 1949 was "Citation's" rookie year! He spent 5 years in the majors...with a .985 fielding average. Lloyd played baseball, and football, at Stanford.
Phil pitched, for Detroit, in '28, '29 & '30. He pitched, for the Dodgers, in '34. This issue, when Phil was a coach, is, I believe, his only major league issue (other than team-issued B&W photos).
Pete pitched, for 6 years, for the Reds...and 2, for the Phillies.
Ken pitched, in the Bigs, for 15 years. He was an All-Star in '44...and won 76 games, for the Reds (over a 5 year stretch) from '48 through '52.
A perfect 10, of a "Brownie" legend. 20 years, in the majors, as a player..10 years as a manager..and 4 years as a coach. In '44 he led the St Louis Browns to their only AL championship!! His brother was Joe Sewell. Luke was a graduate of the U of Alabama.
"Red" was a slick-fielding shortstop, who led the league in fielding in '50 & '51.
Back-to-back NO HITTERS!! A record that has never been broken!
Herm pitched for 4 different teams, over 13 years. He won 10, or more, 7 times. What a great-looking picture!
Johnny was a 2-time All-Star, for the Reds...in '50 & '51.
Benedict played, for the Reds, in '41, '46, '47 & '48. After 1948, he did not appear in the Majors. His card looks like it is hand-colored, and my guess is that, perhaps, he was photographed in a minor league uniform. Benny played ball, on "Service" teams, during WWII.
Hall-of-Famer!! "The Lip" was an All-Star for the Cards and the Dodgers...and had more than 2,000 wins, as a Manager!
As a rookie, with the Dodgers, in '46, Hank went 11-5, with a 2.93 ERA! He finished his career, in '49, with a lifetime winning percentage of .585!
In 1935 "Frenchy" hit .314, led the league in Runs Scored, and Stolen Bases...and, in 646 ABs, did not hit into one double play! 1949 was the last of Augie's 16 years in the majors. A 3-time NL All-Star, he led the league in stolen bases twice, scored over 1,000 runs, and hit .287 lifetime!! In the book, "Baseball's Best 1000", Augie is listed as #409!
Sid was an All-Star in '48 & '49! He played 13 years, and hit .283, lifetime. In the book, "Baseball's Best 1000", he's listed in the top 500!
Bert played for 5 different teams during his 9-year ML career. He played for the NL, in the 1947 All-Star game!
"Swede" pitched, in The Bigs, for 9 seasons.
"The Hondo Hurricane" gained fame, during WWII, after starring, on "service" teams, as both a pitcher, and a heavy-hitting outfielder. As a rookie, in 1947, he went 9-7, and hit .309!! In 1950, he went 3-3, and hit .302! He went on to play 6 years, in the majors.
A knuckleballer, Kirby was a 2-time NL All-Star, and led the league, in wins, in 1941...going 22-9 for the Dodgers! The word is...he lost a lot of money, gambling with his Manager "leo the Lip". In the book, "Duty, Honor, Victory", it says that Kirby served with the 86th Infantry Division, in Germany. The Eureka Album says that "Old Hig" managed the Army Dodgers in Manilla. Maybe he did both, as some people did serve in both theaters.
George played, for the Giants, in '44 & '45...then appeared in 16 games during the '49 season. He was one of the players that jumped to the Mexican League in '46.
A beautiful PSA 10! As a rookie, with the Giants, in '47, Larry went 21-5!! This 2-time All-Star led the NL in '51, with 23 wins! Larry played, in the majors, for 9 years, then coached, with the Giants and Cubs, for 14 more.
"Available" Jones was coming off his best year..in '48 he went 16-8. In '49 he went 15-12, for the Giants.
Monte spent his 8-year major league career with the Giants...and wound up with a lifetime ERA of 3.84.
Buddy was a NL All-Star in '48! In '46 he led the league in fielding!
Born George Bernard Koslowski...in '49, Dave's 2.50 ERA led the NL!
Joe played, for the Giants, in '47, '48 & '49. His ML career ended after the '49 season. His career was cut short due to a lung operation. According to his Eureka Album bio, Joe was "a devotee of boxing." He lived in the Detroit area, and was a big hockey fan. His family still remembers the case of Wheaties that would be delivered to the house every time Joe hit a HR! They also recall how Joe would attend Little League games when his great-nephew, Vincent Vitale, was playing.
A PSA Gem Mint 10! In '49 Whitey would enjoy one of his best years, batting .301! He was a NL All-Star in '52...and went on to a 15 year playing career, coached for 7 years, and then managed the Cubs for 3 seasons. Whitey is included in the book, "Baseball's Best 1000."
"Lucky" spent 7 seasons in the NL. In '49 he enjoyed his best batting average (.267).
Willard was an NL All-Star in '42, '47 & '49! In 1949 he hit .307! In 1951 he led the league, in fielding, with his perfect 1.000! According to his Eureka Album bio, Willard "likes hunting, fishing, and bowling."
"Pete" spent '48, '49 & '50 in the Bigs...all with the Giants. According to his Eureka Album bio, he "switched from 1st Base to the outfield while playing service ball during WWII".
A Hall-of Famer, "The Big Cat" appeared in 10 All-Star games! He led the league, in HR's 4 times, RBI's 3 times, Runs once, and batting average once. He retired with a lifetime BA of .312! In 1949 Johnny was traded, from the Giants, to the Yankees. In the '49 World Series he went 2 for 2. In MVP voting, he finished 2nd twice, and 3rd once!
As a rookie, "Mandrake the Magician" hit .358! In '53 he hit .333. In '54 he hit .342, led the league with 212 hits, and played in his first All-Star game! After 12 seasons in the majors, Don retired with a lifetime .298 average! He served with the Merchant Marines during WWII.
The "Iron Man" spent 14 seasons in the ML, then coached for 2 more. Ray was a NL All-Star, for the Reds, in '44..and led the league in fielding in '46.
"Specs" was a NL All-Star in 1948! He played, for the Giants, for 8 seasons. "The Cricket" coached 1 year with the Padres, then managed for 18 seasons! I believe that he is still the winningest manager in Angels history!
Bobby was born in Glasgow, Scotland. "The Staten Island Scot" played 15 seasons, in the majors. 1949 was one of his three All-Star seasons. In '49 he hit .309, with 27 HR's, and 109 RBI's! Bobby will always be remembered for "the shot heard 'round the world"!!
"Red" pitched for the Giants in '48 & '49. This is his "ROOKIE" issue....and, I believe, his ONLY ML issue!
Wes caught, for the Giants, for 11 seasons...leading the league, in fielding, in 1950, and making the All-Star team in '52 & '53! He coached for 12 years, and managed for 5 more!
I don't believe that Eddie ever played in the majors...and, I believe that this is his 1st major league issue! He managed the Phillies for 8 seasons, beginning in '48. He led the Whiz Kids, of 1950, to the NL pennant! Eddie was a graduate of Ithaca College, and sometimes taught there, during the off-season.
This is Richie's "Rookie Issue"...and it is "Gem Mint 10"!! Of course, he's a Hall-of-Famer...and with a lifetime average of .308! He led the league, in hits, 3 times (with 205, 215 & 221). He led the NL, in hitting, in '55 & '58 (hitting .338 & .350, respectively). Richie ranks #1, in hits, for the decade of the 50's, with 1,875! The Phillies have retired his uniform #1.
Benny caught for those great Yankee teams, in the 20's!! He led AL catchers, in fielding, in 1925. He coached from 1940, through 1958. In 1942, when Ruth faced Walter Johnson, for "war relief charities", Benny was the catcher.
Charlie pitched, for the Phillies, in '48 & '49. I believe that this is his ONLY ML issue!
1949 was Buddy's last year in the majors. He played during 5 seasons...all in the NL. During WWII, he was an armed services radio announcer on Guam. According to his Eureka Album bio, Buddy "was internationally famed as a table tennis player."
In '44 Hank was an AL All-Star, going 17-12, for the Yankees! In '45, his 2.13 ERA led the NL, and Hank went 21-7 (splitting time between the Yankees and the Cubs). In the '46 World Series, Hank won 2, and lost 2...(4 decisions in one World Series)!! He pitched 12 seasons, in the majors.
"Putsy" played 8 seasons in The Bigs..all with the Phils.
Hey...if you were named Sylvester Urban, you might, also, choose to be called "Blix"! After the Brownies won Game 1, of the '44 World Series, Blix won Game 2, for the Cards!
Delmer was a 3-time All-Star, who played for 14 seasons. In 1950, he led the league in RBI's, with 126! He had more than 100 RBI's in 7 different seasons! Lifetime, he hit .284, with 1,284 RBI's, and over 2,000 hits!
"Granny" looks great on this PSA 10! A 3-time All-Star, he played 17 years, in the majors. He played in more than 1,500 games as an infielder, but he also pitched in seven contests! "Granny" is included in the book, "Baseball's Best 1000."
In '49 Ken had the best season of his 13 year ML career. He went 17-10, with a 3.02 ERA, and led the league, in shutouts, with 5!! During WWII, he played baseball at Fort Riley, Kansas.
This is "Hondo's" "Rookie Issue"! He played, for the Phillies, his entire 3-year ML career ('49, '50 & '51). Stan played both baseball, and football, in college.
Finally...we get to talk about "Puddin' Head" Jones! An All-Star in both '50 & '51, he played in the ML for 15 seasons. He led the league, in fielding, in '52, '53, '54, '55, '56 & '58!! One of my all-time favorite nicknames! Imagine..."Granny" Hamner, and "Puddin Head" Jones on the same team!! He is also included in the book, "Baseball's Best 1000."
This is Jim's "Rookie" issue!! The next year he would go 16-7, with 22 Saves, and be named the National League MVP!!! Many people consider Jim to be the first great reliever.
A NL All-Star in '55 and '56, "Stash" came up in '48, and appeared in just 6 games. 1949 was his first complete season, and he hit .271! Stan played in 13 major league seasons, and is included in the book, "Baseball's Best 1000."
Jackie was the captain of the Notre Dame baseball team! He played in 6 ML seasons...all with the Phillies.
"Swish" was a 5-time All-Star! He led the league in HR's twice, RBI's twice, Runs once, and fielding once!! His major league career lasted 16 years!...And a beautiful PSA 10, to boot! Bill was traded, to the Phillies for Harry "The Hat" Walker.
This is Robin's "Rookie Issue", and it is Mint! A Hall-ofFamer, Robin won 286 games. He won 20, or more, 6 times IN A ROW! In 1952, he went 28-7, and finished 2nd in the MVP vote! He was an All-Star every year from 1950, through 1956! The Phillies have retired his #56!
1949 was the last of his 15 years in the majors. He had a lifetime winning % of .610! Armed with a great spitter, the 3-time All-Star went 24-8, for Detroit, in 1934. During that season, he won 16 games in a row!
1949 was the year that Andy made the NL All-Star team! He spent 15 years, in the majors, as a player, then coached for 5 more! On June 2, 1949 he hit 2 HR's in one inning!
"Hawk" played 5 seasons in the AL...then, in '49, came over to the NL, where he played for 3 more years. He then coached for 17 seasons! In '67, he Managed the Braves, for 3 games.
This is Curt's "Rookie Issue", and it's a PSA Gem Mint 10!! Curt pitched, in the majors, for 20 years! He was a 3-time All-Star, and threw 36 shutouts!!
1949 was the middle of Dick's 8-year ML playing career..and he was beginning to hit his stride. In '49 he hit .289, and in '50 he hit .296, and was a NL All-Star! He coached for 13 years, and managed the Reds in '64 & '65. His dad was Hall-of-Famer George Sisler.
This was Ken's last year in the majors. In '46 & '47 Ken led the league in appearances..pitching in 48 and 62 games, respectively.
Wow!! The only "10" of this in existence!! Eddie hit .306 that year! He was a NL All-Star in both '48 & '49! Eddie might be most famous for being shot, in his Chicago hotel room, by a deranged female fan! According to his Eureka Album bio, Eddie "speaks three foreign languages."
Billy spent 3 seasons, in the AL, as a player....and 5 seasons, with the Pirates, as the manager. I believe this is his first majoe league issue!
Romanus Basgall (Monty, to you and me) spent '48, '49 & '51 in the majors...all 3 seasons with the Pirates. He coached 14 years, for the Dodgers!
Eddie came up, with the Yankees, in 1946..then over to the Indians in '47..then '48 & '49 with the Pirates. 1949 was his last year in the ML.
Another Gem Mint 10!! 1949 was the last of "Tiny's" 10 seasons in the majors. He died, of cancer, 9-15-49. He was a 2-time All-Star, with the Yankees, going 21-5 in 1942! That year he led the league with 22 complete games, and 6 shutouts! His lifetime ERA is 3.06!
Hugh came up, with the Cubs, in 1935. He pitched, for the Dodgers, from '39 through '48...going 70-41 during that period! Known for his spitter, he led the league, in Saves, in both '42 & '47. 1949 was Hugh's last season the the Big Leagues...and he pitched for both Pittsburg and the Yankees...going 5-1. Unfortunately, Hugh committed suicide over his marriage breakup.
Pete came up, for "a cup of coffee" in '47 and '48...but 1949 was when he stuck, appearing in 118 games for the Pirates. He spent 8 years in The Bigs, and hit .255.
"Lefty" was a rookie in 1948...and really had his best year in '49 when he went 13-7, with a 3.96 ERA!
Murry came up, with the Cards, in '39..and went 2-1 for the '59 Kansas City A's!! In '46 he led the league with a .714 winning percentage (15-6)..and he won 20 for the '51 Pirates! Murry was also on the '53 NL All-Star squad! During WWII, he crossed the Rhine as a member of the 35th Infantry!
Ed caught, in the Majors, for 12 seasons...then coached for 5 more. He hit .304, for the Senators, in 1956.
1949 was "Moe's" last year in The Bigs. He came up, with the Tigers, in '39..and led the league in fielding in 1942!
"Skeets" pitched 9 seasons, in the majors. In 1945, he was an All-Star (with the Dodgers) going 18-13! According to his Eureka Album bio, he "is a hard man to defeat on a billiard table."
I don't believe that Golden D. Holt ever played in the Majors. 1949 is his first year as a coach..and this is his 1st ML issue!
"Hippity" spent 14 seasons in the Majors. In 1946 he was an All-Star (with the Boston Braves)...while hitting .333! He retired with a lifetime average of .296. He then coached for the Tigers and the Cards.
Hall-of Famer!! Only played 10 years (due to a back injury)..and led the league in HRs his 1st 7 years in a row!! Imagine if someone came along now...led the league in HR's as a rookie...then went on to lead the league 6 more years in a row (in the next year, when he didn't lead the league, he hit 35 HR's, and had 116 RBI's!!) What would that guy earn?!? And what would his cards be worth?!? My Dad used to say, "If Mantle led the league, in Home Runs, seven years in a row, they'd elect him Pope!" In 1949 Ralph hit .310 with 54 HRs & 127 RBIs!!! Ralph has spent more than 40 years, as an announcer, with the Mets!! The Pirates have retired his #4!
Vic pitched 3 seasons, for the Dodgers...and then 3 for the Pirates. He retired after the 1950 season, with a 3.68 lifetime ERA!
A 2-time All-Star, Clyde played 15 seasons in the majors! Talk about TOUGH...Clyde was known to catch, on hot days, without a chest protector!
Look at the field that they had Danny pose (and play) on! This is his "Rookie issue"! Danny coached, in Pittsburgh, during '56 & '57. During the '57 season, he took over as Manager. He led the Pirates to 5 first-place finishes...and TWO World Series titles!!
"Barnacle Bill" came up, with the Dodgers, in '38. His best year was 1939, when he went 15-13 for the Boston Braves. Bill played, in the majors, for 5 seasons....then coached for 18 more! It is probably no surprise that "Barnacle Bill" served in the navy. According to his Eurka album bio, Bill "likes to join community songfests."
1949 was Elmer's last in The Bigs. In 1941 he went 19-4, and led the league in both winning % and ERA!! In '43 he went 21-11, for the Reds!
Stan came up, in '42, with the Dodgers. In 1948 he appeared in 156 games, and hit .290!
1949 was the last year of Rip's excellent ML career. This 3-time All-Star won 21 games in '43 & '44! In '48 he was player/coach for the Pirates, and went 13-3! In 1949, his final season, he went 6-1!! Rip was the inventor of the "Blooper Ball"! Also known as the "Eephus pitch" the ball achieved a 25' high arc, on the way to the plate...with a LOT of backspin. The only person to ever hit a HR off of the "Blooper" was Ted Williams (in the '46 All-Star game).
"Big Ed" led the league, in fielding, in '48 (.996)...and retired, after the 1950 season, with a .992 lifetime fielding average! He coached, with the Padres, in '81.
"Harry the Hat's" elder brother...when he played in Brooklyn, he became forever known as "The People's Cherce"! 1949 was the last of "Dixie's" 18 season's in the majors. The 5-time NL All-Star (all while with the Dodgers), went on to coach for 5 more years. He, and his brother, Harry, were both on the NL all-Star team in '43 & '47! He retired with a .306 lifetime average, and had more than 2,000 hits!
As a rookie, in 1949, "Bugs won 12 games, for the Pirates! He pitched through the '54 season. In 1966 he coached, for the San Francisco Giants. In college, Bill went 25-2, for the University of California!
Wally came up, with the Pirates, in '47. He had 23 HR's and 104 RBI's in 1949. In '50 he led the league in fielding, and was on the NL All-Star team in '51!!
In '46, his 1st as the Card's manager, they won the World Series! Eddie pitched, for the Cards, from '22 through '27, and managed them from '46 through '50. I believe that this is his ONLY major league issue!!
Bill spent 7 seasons in the majors. This PSA 10 is, of course, the "one and only"!
"Cotton" was 14-8 in '49, with a 3.18 ERA. He led the league, in Saves, in '52 & '53! Alpha Eugene retired, after the '54 season, with a .602 winning percentage, and a 3.31 lifetime ERA!
(min 30 innings) Who has lowest World Series ERA? Harry "The Cat", at 0.83!!! Who is second? Babe Ruth, at 0.87! In the 1946 World Series, Harry was 3-0, with a 0.45 ERA (including a win in game #7)!! Harry's lifetime ERA is 2.92!! Coached 14 years, for the Orioles.
Chuck played, in the majors, for 9 seasons...and had a fielding average of 1.000 for 5 of those seasons!!
This is Joe's TRUE "Rookie" issue!! I'll bet you didn't know that Joe HAD a 1949 issue! He led the league in fielding in '51 (.989). Joe's playing career ended after the 1954 season, and in 1955 he began his 33 year career as a baseball announcer. Winner of the Ford Frick award, in 1991.
As a rookie, with the Cards, in 1949, "Rabbit" hit .267.
Jim enjoyed a 13 season career in the majors. In 1950, he led the league in shutouts and ERA (2.49)! In the '51 World Series, he went 1-0, allowing one earned run in 8 2/3 innings! In '52 he went 14-7, and was a NL All-Star! In 1946, with the Manilla Dodgers, he defeated the NL All-Stars 2-1, in 14 innings! I believe that this is Jim's "Rookie" issue!
"Hook" pitched, in the majors, from '47 through '52. According to his Eureka Album bio, Ken "hones up on his Spanish in spare time."
Vernal Leroy "Nippy" Jones spent 8 seasons in The Bigs. In 1949, he hit exactly .300!!
A rookie in '48...Eddie was a NL All-Star in 1949, hitting .304!
Lou spent '43, '45, '46 & '49 with the Cards. He retired after splitting the '51 season between the Indians and the Athletics. He was one of the players who jumped to the Mexican League, in '46.
This is a great looking "10" of Marty "Slats" Marion! "The Octopus" was on the NL All-Star team 8 years in a row ('43-'50)!! Led the league in fielding 3 times! Marty ranks #9 in total # of hits during the decade of the 40's! Managed for 6 years. Was the player/manager for the St Louis Browns in '52 & '53. According to his Eureka Album bio, Marty "enjoys wood carving."
"Red" was a 3-time NL All-Star, including 1949....when he won 15, while losing only 8.
WOW..A Gem Mint PSA 10 of "Stan The Man"!! There are only two PSA 10's, of Musial, from the 40's..this one, and one '48 Bowman! In fact there are only 9 PSA 10's, of ANY Musial cards, issued during his entire career!! Stan was a 3-time MVP, was an All-Star for 20 consecutive seasons, and (of course) is in the Hall of Fame!! Lifetime, he had 3,630 hits, 1951 RBIs, and hit .331!! He never struck out more than 46 times in a season! He spent 22 years with the Cardinals. They have retired his #6. In the book, "Baseball's Best 1000", Stan is listed as the 9th best player in history!!!
This is, I believe, "Rocky" Nelson's "Rookie Issue". I never knew that he was called "Spike". Rocky came up, with the Cards, in 49...and retired after playing with the Pirates in '61. In the 1960 World Series, Rocky hit .333, with one HR!
1949 was a GREAT year for Howie! He went 20-9, led the league in Shutouts, and was named to the NL All-Star team! This 3-time All-Star pitched, in the Majors, for 14 seasons...then coached for 7 more.
1949 was William Edgar's only season in the majors. He appeared in 21 games, gave up only one HR, and went 1-1. I believe that this is Bill's ONLY major league issue! During WWII, he served in the South Pacific.
In 1948, Delbert led the league in fielding (.996). Del wound up playing for 17 seasons, coaching for 7, and managing for 1.
1949 was the last of "Horn's" 4 in the Majors. He, and his brother Hank, were both in the NL...but they never managed to play together.
Hall-of-Famer!! Red led the league, in fielding, 6 times!! He was a 10-time All-Star! He played for 19 seasons, while hitting .289, and fielding .983!! His #2 has been retired, by the Redbirds!
A beautiful PSA 9, of Enos! "Country" is a Hall-of Famer!! He spent 19 years in The Bigs...and had 10 consecutive All-Star appearances! Lifetime, he hit exactly .300! In MVP voting, he finished 2nd once, and 3rd twice!! The Cards have retired his uniform #9. During WWII, "Country" served in the South Pacific.
As a rookie, in 1944, "Cork" went 17-4, for the Cardinals! He led the league, in Saves, in '49 & '51! After 10 seasons, in The Bigs, Ted retired, with a .663 winning percentage!!
Ray pitched for the Cards in '48 & '49, his only 2 years in the majors. Earlier, he won 22 games pitching for the San Diego Marines!