Monday, March 7, 2011

1954 Red Sox, 69-85, 42 games back, 3 Hall of Famers.

This terrible team had three hall of famers. Manager Lou Boudreau two years removed from player/manager, the incomparable Ted Williams & George Kell.  Despite missing 37 games, Teddy Ballgame led the league in walks with 135.  George Kell was traded away in late May for Grady Hatton & $100,000.

In terms of baseball cards, Sy Berger, the Father of the Modern-Day baseball card [1], states in this interview that the 1954 design was a favorite of his.

1954 Topps only had 250 cards and Ted Williams book ended the set. Never before or since has a player had the first & last card of a set. But that's Ted Williams for you. These two copies are in beautiful condition. 

George Kell was one of many stars not to have a card in the 1954 set. 

Apparently this is a self-annoited titled. 1. Lidz, Franz, (May 25, 1981) Sports Illustrated.

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