Thursday, March 24, 2016

Garagiola's death shortens '52 Topps survivors list


Joe Garagiola's death at age 90 on March 23 brings the total of surviving players who appeared in the 1952 Topps baseball card set to 46.

Garagiola wasn't a Hall of Famer, or even a star player, but his lone career-contemporary Topps card in the 1952 set enjoyed a premium collectible value due to his popularity as a speaker, author, broadcaster, game show host, etc. after his playing days were over.

I had a few interactions with Garagiola in the early 1980s in connection with his work with B.A.T., the Baseball Assistance Team. He'd sometimes call to vet a show promoter with whom he was arranging an autograph appearance for an old-timer who was new to the card-show circuit. 

Once or twice he popped into a card show in the L.A. area. If I recall correctly, he was emcee at the luncheon for the 1985 Anaheim National. He had a quick wit, a ready smile and an inexhaustible font of baseball stories.

Here's the current list of living players from '52 Topps.

PLAYER                     1952 TOPPS   BIRTH
                        `           CARD NO.      DATE

Wally Westlake           38                    11/08/1920
Eddie Robinson           32                    12/15/1920
Sam Mele                    94                    01/21/1922
Gil Coan                      91                    05/18/1922
Harry Perkowski          142                  09/06/1922
Red Schoendienst       91                    02/02/1923
Solly Hemus                196                  04/17/1923
Bob Kuzava                 85                    05/28/1923
Ed Fitz Gerald             236                  05/21/1924
Turk Lown                   330                  05/30/1924
Charlie Silvera             168                  10/13/1924
Irv Noren                     40                    11/29/1924
Wayne Terwilliger         7                      06/27/1925
Bobby Shantz              219                  09/26/1925
Bob Addis                    259                  11/06/1925
Ned Garver                 212                  12/25/1925
Ralph Branca              274                  01/06/1926
Bob Borkowski            328                  01/27/1926
Randy Jackson           322                  02/10/1926
Howie Judson             169                  02/16/1926
Bob Miller                    187                  06/16/1926
Bobby Morgan             355                  06/29/1926
Johnny Groth              25                    07/23/1926
Roy Sievers                 64                    11/18/1926
Carl Erskine                250                  12/13/1926
Carl Scheib                 116                  01/01/1927
Charlie Maxwell           180                  04/08/1927
Cloyd Boyer                280                  09/01/1927
Bob Kelly                     348                  10/04/1927
Tommy Brown             281                  12/06/1927
Dick Gernert                343                  09/28/1928
Joe Presko                  220                  10/07/1928
Bob Ross                    298                  11/02/1928
Joe DeMaestri             286                  12/09/1928
Curt Simmons             203                  05/19/1929
Ted Lepcio                  335                  07/28/1929
Ike Delock                   329                  11/11/1929
Del Crandall                162                  03/05/1930
Vern Law                     81                    03/12/1930
Johnny Antonelli          140                  04/12/1930
Dick Groat                   369                  11/04/1930
Bob Friend                  233                  11/24/1930
Willie Mays                  261                  05/06/1931
Tony Bartirome           332                  05/09/1932
Dick Brodowski           404                  07/26/1932
Bobby Del Greco         353                  04/07/1933

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for taking the time to compile this list.

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