The rest of the cards that were included in my recent baseball card trade include 5 Bowmans from the 1948 set. This acquisition significantly increases my '48 collection from 4% completion to almost 15% of this 48-card set. With relatively so many new '48s, it kind of make me wonder what it would have been like to have been able to go to a store and find boxes of '48 Bowman penny packs for sale. How many people actually remember collecting these these things back in the 1940s? Ten dollars would have bought you 1000 packs of '48 Bowmans--good enough for over 20 complete sets. Imagine that. "I'll take 2000 packs of your 1948 Bowmans please".
The first of my new '48s is Allie Reynolds of the New York Yankees. He turned 31 years old that year and had already been playing in the majors since 1942, so I really have difficulty referring to this as his rookie card, but it is Reynolds' first baseball card. I guess it's not as bad as calling Babe Ruth's baseball cards from the '33 Goudey set his rookie cards. By the way, today is Ruth's 120th birthday. Anyway, Reynolds was just coming off of his first World Series championship during his first year with the Yankees in 1947. He pitched a complete game against the Dodgers at Yankee Stadium in Game #2 for a 10-3 victory. Reynolds started Game 6, but was knocked out of the game in the 3rd inning. Reynolds went to the Yankees after the '46 season in a trade for Hall-of-Famer Joe Gordon to the Cleveland Indians. Reynolds would go on to appear in all 5 World Series championships the Yankee would win between 1949-1953 before retiring after the following season. He appeared on HOF ballots between 1956-1974, earning up to 33% of the 75% of the votes needed for induction.
Eddie Joost was a former All-Star that played in the majors for 17 seasons between 1936-1955 for the Reds, Braves, Athletics, and Red Sox. He was a member of the Cincinnati Reds' World Series championship over the Detroit Tigers in 1940.
Ferris Fain was a former All-Star that led the league in Doubles, Average, and On-Base Percentage. He played mostly for the Athletics during the '40s and '50s, but also saw time with the White Sox, Tigers, and Indians.
Clint Hartung played for the New York Giants between 1947-1952. He pitched in the 1951 World Series against the Yankees who were in the middle of a 5-year World Series championship run.
Herman Wehmeier pitched for the Reds, Phillies, Cardinals, and Tigers from 1945 to 1958.
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