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.
Joe Astroth was born on this day in 1922 Cloyd Boyer was born on this day in 1927
(Box scores provided by baseball-reference.com)
1) The Chicago Orphans debuted the trio of Joe Tinker, Johnny Evers, and Frank Chance** for the first time in a game against the Philadelphia Phillies
on this date in 1902. The poem and the history.
** Tinker, Evers, and Chance shown on 1952 Topps Look-N-See style card.
2) On this date in 1905, Hillerich & Bradsby contracted with Honus Wagner** to produce the first autographed model baseball bat.
Today, more than 60% of all ML baseball players use Hillerich & Bradsbey "Louisville Slugger" baseball bats. Bio.
** Honus Wagner shown on
1952 Topps Look-N-See style card.
3) Pitcher Bobo Newsom* was purchased by the Brooklyn Dodgers from the Washington Senators on this date in 1942.
Bobo threw a shut-out in his first game with Brooklyn, beating the Reds 2-0 on September 3, 1942. Boxscore
4) On this date in 1951, the St.Louis Browns selected outfielder Earl Rapp* off waivers from the National League's New York Giants.
5) In 1952 on this date, the Montreal Royals clinched the IL pennant behind the pitching of left hander Tom Lasorda*.
Lasorda went 14-5 with 12 complete games for the '52 Royals.
6) Redlegs slugger Ted Kluszewski hit home runs in each game of a doubleheader against the Philadelphia Phillies to set a new
Cincinnati club record for home runs in a year (44) on this date in 1954. Big Klu would end the season with 49. Boxscore
7) On this date in 1956, All Star outfielder Hoot Evers was signed by the Baltimore Orioles as a free agent.
8) Also in 1956 on this date , the Cincinnati Redlegs selected off waivers from the Chicago Cubs, pitcher Russ Meyer.
9) Pitcher Sal (The Barber) Maglie* was purchased by the NY Yankees from the Brooklyn Dodger on this date in 1957.
Maglie would be the last player to play for all 3 New York teams (Giants, Dodgers, & Yankees).
10) On this date in 1958, Cardinals pitcher Wilmer (Vinegar Bend) Mizell set a NL record by walking 9 men in a game
and still pitch a shutout, besting the Cincinnati Redlegs 1-0. Boxscore
11) In 1963 on this date , in a 7-3 victory against his old team the Philadelphia Phillies, pitcher Curt Simmons stole home.
That is the last time a pitcher has stolen home in the Major Leagues. Boxscore
Hector Rodriguez died on this date in 2003