Tuesday, March 19, 2013

1951 Topps #A-48: Ed Stanky, New York Giants, 2B

Ed Stanky was born on 9/3/1916 in Philadelphia, PA.  He began playing for the Chicago Cubs in 1943.  Stanky was traded to the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1944.  As a Dodger, he led the league in Runs and Walks in '45; Walks, On-Base Percentage, and Sacrifice Hits in '46; and made the All-Star team for the first time in '47.  Stanky also appeared in the '47 World Series for the first time against the championship Yankees team.  Stanky was traded to the Boston Braves in 1948, where he would once again make the All-Star team and then appear in the '48 World Series against the championship Indians team.  Stanky then went to the NY Giants in 1950 where he would again lead the league in Walks and OBP, and also made the All-Star team for the third time in his career.  He appeared in '51 World Series against the championship Yankees team for the third time of his career.  Stanky went to the Cardinals in 1952, where he would finish out his major league playing career in 1953.  Since arriving in St. Louis in '52, Stanky was the player-manager for the Cardinals, and won the Manager of the Year award during his first year.  After retiring as a player, Stanky continued to manage the Cardinals until 1955.  He worked as a coach for the Indians between 1957-1958.  He had another opportunity to manage with the White Sox between 1966-1968, and once again for the Texas Rangers in 1977.  Ed Stanky passed away on 6/16/1999 in Fairhope, AL at the age of 82.

BV: $15 (for semi-stars)
Cost: $2.95 (paid 20% BV)
Condition: FR 1.5 (worth 10% BV)
Completion: 15 of 104 (14% complete)
Comment:  After being considered for the league MVP award during five seasons (reaching as high as third), and making the All-Star team three times during his career, I figured that Stanky may have been a semi-star.

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