Friday, May 18, 2012

1953 Topps Sam Jethroe

Boston Braves CTNW Favorites #5

Here is a continuation on a theme of putting together 5 "Cards That Never Were"  favorites from each team.  I broke the Braves down into 3 separate eras. Boston, Milwaukee and Atlanta. Here are the favorites from the Boston era.

Sam Jethroe was the first black player in Boston. He was selected Rookie of the Year in 1950 at the age of 33 although he was believed to be only 28 at the time. He led the National League in stolen bases in 1950 and 1951. In 1952 he came in second to Pee Wee Reese and in 1953 he spent the season playing for the Braves minor league team in Toledo. He batted .309 with 28 homers and 27 stolen bases. At the end of the season he was traded to Pittsburgh where he saw limited action in 1954. He would continue to play minor league ball in Toronto until 1958.

1 comment:

  1. The 1953 Topps Baseball were painted portraits, not photos of the player.