Friday, September 9, 2011

1975 Topps 1953 Rookies of the Year

Another in the recurring theme giving the ROY's the 1975 Topps MVP treatment. 

There wasn't a 1953 Topps card of Harvey Kuenn.  Topps made this one for the 1953 Archives set that was issued in 1991. It's not a very good representation of the '53 set, but using it here is somewhat reminiscent of the 1955 MVP card with Roy Campanella. On that card Topps used black and white photos instead of color. They also put him in an L.A. Dodgers cap instead of Brooklyn, but we won't get into that.

Harvey Kuenn, an 8 time all-star, led the league in hits in 1953 and took 23 of the 24 Rookie of the Year ballots cast. The remaining vote went to Tom Umphlett. A place holder for Ted Williams while he was serving in Korea, Uphlett hit .283 in '53, .219 in '54, .217 in '55 then spent the next 13 years in the minors.

Jim Gilliam won with fewer than 50% of the vote with 6 other rookies receiving votes. Gilliam led the league in triples in '53 and remained a Dodger for his entire career.

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