1952 TOPPS Baseball Cards
Events for 1952 Topps Stars Occurring on This Day:
* Indicates players, teams or others that were not included in the original 1952 Topps baseball card set.
Al Lopez* was born on this day in 1908 Earl Harrist was born on this day in 1919
George Zuverink was born on this day in 1924
(Box scores provided by baseball-reference.com)
1) Dodger shortstop Tommy Brown, at the age of 17, homered off then Pirates southpaw Preacher Row on this date in 1945.
Brown became the youngest player to hit a ML home run. Boxscore
2) Satchel Paige* became the 4th consecutive Cleveland Indians pitcher to hurl a shut-out on this date in 1948. Boxscore
The ageless Paige joined fellow teammates Gene Beardon, Sam Zoldak, and Bob Lemon in blanking the opposition.
3) First baseman Dale Long* was inserted as catcher by the the Chicago Cubs on this date in 1958
in a game against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Long became the 1st left-handed catcher in the ML's since 1906. Boxscore
4) On this date in 1959, Kansa City Athletics outfielder Bob Cerv* hit 3 home runs in a
game against the Boston Red Sox. Boxscore
4) Milwaukee Braves 3rd baseman Eddie Mathews hit his 28th HR of the season on this date in 1965. Boxscore
The HR made the Mathews/Hank Aaron HR tandem tops in the ML, surpassing the 772 HR's hit by the Babe Ruth/Lou Gehrig duo.
5) On this date in 1966, the Cleveland Indians accepted the resignation of Birdie Tebbetts as manager.