Wednesday, February 20, 2013

1951 Topps #A-29: Bob Kennedy, Cleveland Indians, OF

Bob Kennedy was born 8/18/1920 in Chicago, IL.  Kennedy began his MLB playing career with the Chicago White Sox in 1939, where he would spent the majority of his time.  He missed three seasons in '43, '44, and '45 to serve in the military during WWII.  In 1948, Kennedy was traded to the Cleveland Indians where he would win his first and only World Series Championionship.  In 1954, he became a part of the original Baltimore Orioles but would return to the White Sox during the following year.  In 1956, he played for the Detroit Tigers before again going back to the White Sox for part of the following year.  Kennedy ended his playing career with the final Brooklyn Dodgers team of 1957.  He managed the Cubs between '63-'67, and was the original manager for the Oakland A's in 1968.  He was the Cubs' General Manager from 1977-1980.  Bob Kennedy passed away on 4/7/2005 in Mesa, AZ at the age of 84.

Completion: 3 of 104
Condition: PR 1.0 (worth 5% BV) 
Cost: $3.00 (paid 20%-30% BV) 
Comments: The writing and white-out on the front combined with the paper loss on the back make this a poor-rated card.  It's still very collectible for me.  An interesting note is that Bob Kennedy's son, Terry, also played in the majors between 1978 and 1991.  Terry was part of the '84 World Series team that went up against the Tigers.  Here's his '87 Topps card.

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