Thursday, September 24, 2015
Berra's death dimishes '52 Topps survivors
On June 10, this blog featured a necrology of the players (and managers and coaches) who had appeared in the iconic 1952 Topps set.
On that date, there were 50 surviving players. Billy Pierce died on July 31.
With the passing of Yogi Berra on Sept. 22, now there are 48.
The 1952 Topps card was never one of my favorite Berra cards; maybe it's because he looks so somber, absent the smile that was often seen in photos and on his other cards.
Berra's death leaves three surviving Hall of Famers who appeared on the 1952 Topps set:
Monte Irvin (age 96), Red Schoendienst (92) and Willie Mays (84).
Here's the current roster of surviving subjects from 1952 Topps.