Friday, January 5, 2018

#50 Chuck Dressen

#50 Chuck Dressen
6 of 274
2.2% complete

"His Walk About" - Dressen had two walk about's in major league baseball.  His first as a player lasted from 1925-1933, and saw him collect 603 hits while posting a career .272 avg.  He subsequently spent 16 seasons as a manager, this card is from that walk about, and 1953 was during a stint that saw Dressen skipper the Brooklyn Dodgers to two straight National League Pennants in 1952 and '53.  His career record was 1008 wins and 973 losses.  In 1953 his Dodgers went an impressive 105-49.

"That's Not a Knife" - Born in 1894 in Decatur, Illinois, Dressen was a two sport star, playing professional football as a quarterback for the Decatur Staley's (who would become the Chicago Bears) while he was in minor leagues.  After a solid Major League Career, Dressen made his name as manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers, including the historic run from 1951-53, chronicled in Roger Khan''s "Boys of Summer."  1951 was the year of the epic Dodger collapse down the stretch, culminating with the famous (or infamous depending on your point of view) Bobby Thompson "Shot Heard Round the World."

"More of a love bite really..." - There isn't too much as far as signs of wear on this card.  No major creases, marks or paper loss, but no one is going to confuse it as a near mint example either.

"Down Under" - Yet again, Dressen is another guy who was a hi-number (that I don't have) in the 1952 set.  His card is #377.  I prefer this '53 sequel to original, and it's not all that close.  This '53 is just a fantastic looking card with a great background.  The '52 doesn't have a lot to offer.  The 52's still hold a 4-2 lead six cards in.

"At the Oscars"
3rd NL Doubles '27
5th NL Walks '27
10th NL Triples '27

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