Wednesday, May 7, 2014

1950 Bowman #170: Dutch Leonard, Chicago Cubs, P

     A nice acquisition of veteran player and 4-time All-Star, Dutch Leonard in a strong VG 3.0 condition.  Leonard had just begun playing for his fourth and final team in 1949 to cap off a 20-year career spanning from 1933-1953.  He made the Hall of Fame Ballot 7 times between 1960-1973, but never earned greater than 2% of the total voting.  Leonard was a top 10 league leader many times in Games Started, Innings Pitched, Complete Games, and Shutouts.  He was the oldest active player in the NL during his final four seasons between 1950-1953.      
Dutch Leonard was actually born in 1909, not 1910, as shown of the back of the card.
     With my '50 Bowman set fast approaching nearly 75% completion, I have decided to rearrange my binder into what I call, "set formation".  Prior to organizing my set binders into "set formation, I typically start a new page for each team, organizing the teams by win percentage, with playoff advancement superseding win percentage.  In this case, the Chicago Cubs were the 12th best team out of 16 total teams in 1950.  The following two binder pages are organized with the missing cards from each team accounted for.  In this case, the two spaces prior to Frankie Frisch's Card are missing cards for the previous team.  My teams are organized by player's ages: Frankie Frisch, Dutch Leonard, Hank Edwards, Hank Sauer, Johnny Schmitz, Doyle Lade, Bill Serena, Bob Rush, Roy Smalley, Wayne Terwilliger, and Preston Ward. 

I am still two cards away from completing the Cubs team set of 13 total.  Coincidentally, the next ranked team after the Cubs in 1950 was the Chicago White Sox. 

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