Wednesday, March 6, 2013

1951 Topps #A-17: Gus Bell, Pittsburgh Pirates, OF

Gus Bell was born on 11/15/1928 in Louisville, KY.  In 1950, he began playing for the Pittsburgh Pirates.  Bell finished 2nd in the league for Triples his first year, and 1st in the league for Triples his second year.  In 1953, Bell was traded to the Reds where he would remain throughout most of his playing career.  It was with the Reds that Bell became a 4 time All-Star: '53, '54, '56, and '57.  He compiled over 175 Hits and 30 Doubles during each of his first four years with the Reds.  During his last season with the Reds, Bell helped his team get to the '61 World Series where they would eventually be defeated by the Yankees.  In 1962, Bell was traded to the NY Mets to become one of the team's original members and play in their first game.  Later that same year, Bell was traded to the Milwaukee Braves where he would finish out the rest of his playing career a couple years later.  In 1964, he was inducted into the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame.  Gus Bell passed away on 5/7/1995 in Montgomery, OH at the age of 66.

BV: $15 (for semi-stars)
Cost: $3.00 (paid 20% BV)
Condition: PR (worth 5% BV)
Completion: 12 of 104 (11% complete)
Comment: His son, Buddy Bell, played in the majors between 1972-1989 and managed between 1996-2007.  His grandson, David Bell, played in the majors between 1995-2006.  His other grandson, Mike Bell, played in the majors in 2000.

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