Monday, March 3, 2008

My Oldest Baseball Cards

A couple of months ago I found 3 1953 Topps cards on eBay. They were not any special players, but I liked the idea of owning some baseball cards that were older than me. Here are the cards and what I found out about the players.

Maynard Faye Throneberry was also a back up player. The Red Sox traded him to the Washington Senators early in the 1957 season. He was drafted by the Los Angeles Angels and played with them for one season. His brother Marv is more famous. Marv was the original first baseman for the 1962 New York Mets and was called Marvelous Marv because of his atrocious fielding. Lifetime Faye hit 29 home runs, drove in 137 runs and batted .236. Faye passed away in 1999 at the age of 67.

Salvadore Anthony Yvars spent his entire career as a back up catcher. During the 1953 season he was sold to the St.Louis Cardinals. After the 1954 season he was traded to the Detroit Tigers. He never played a game for them and was released in June of 1955. Lifetime he hit 10 home runs, drove in 42 runs, and batted .244. He is still alive today and is 84 years old.

Roy Edward Sievers was the American League Rookie Of The Year in 1949 for the St. Louis Browns. He was hit by the 'sophomore jinx' and then was plagued by injuries the next 3 years. The Browns traded him to the Washington Senators in 1954. He had some productive years for them. In 1957 he led the American League in home runs with 42 and runs batted in with 114. He also played with the Chicago White Sox, the Philadelphia Phillies, and ended his career in 1965 back with the Senators. Lifetime he hit 318 home runs, drove in 1147 runs and batted .267. He is alive today at the age of 81.

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