Friday, June 12, 2020

#139 Sammy White

#139 Sammy White
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"His Walk About" - Sammy amassed 916 hits over the course of 11 MLB seasons.  He spent his first nine years in Boston, where he was an All-Star in 1953, before closing things out by spending a season each with the Milwaukee Braves and Philadelphia Phillies.

"That's Not a Knife" - It's three runs scored in one inning.  On June 18, 1953, Sammy White became the only 20th Century player to score three times in one inning, during an inning that saw the Red Sox score 17 runs against the Detroit Tigers.  And while "it's not a knife," it could have also been a college basketball All-American (which White was at Washington), a Pro-Bowler, or a Pro-Golfer (both of which White was after retiring from baseball).

"More of a love bite really..." - This card is pretty much exactly what I think a 1953 Topps card should look like as far as it's condition.  It really is the perfect amount of wear and tear without taking any thing away from the card.  I don't understand the appeal of high grade vintage cards?  They don't look "vintage," and that's half the fun of collecting them.

"Down Under" - White is card number #345 in the 1952 set.  I have 1 of 97 high number cards in the '52 set and White isn't the one.  When I do pick it up, I feel I can safely say I like the '52 better than the '53.  That cuts the '53 set's lead to 20-16-2.

"At the Oscars"
AL All-Star '53
Led AL Assists as Catcher x4 ('53, '54, '55, '56)
3rd AL Rookie of the Year '52
24th AL MVP Voting '55
27th AL MVP Voting '52
3rd AL Doubles '53
4th AL Doubles '55

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