Sunday, June 15, 2014

Random Topps Card of the Day: 1966 Topps #187 Chuck Dressen

It's Retro Sunday!!! Thanks to the Topps Card Randomizer, introducing the Random Topps Card of the Day for Sunday, June 15, 2014:

  • Official Card Set Name and Card Number: 1966 Topps #187.
  • Name, position, team: Chuck Dressen, manager, Detroit Tigers.
  • Major League Debut: September 18, 1977. Managerial Debut: July 29, 1934.
  • Last Line of Statistics: 1965 stats (Tigers): 65-55 4th (American League).
  • Any special information about manager: Hired by the Detroit Tigers 06/18/1953.
  • Any special information about this specific card: Dressen's seventh and final regular Topps card, all as a manager (includes regular and traded cards only).
  • Blurb on the back: "Meet one of baseball's senior members. After spending 15 seasons as an active player, Chuck joined the managerial wars in 1932. As a big league skipper, he held the reins of the Cincinnati Reds, the old Brooklyn Dodgers, the Washington Senators and the Milwaukee Braves, before joining the Tigers in 1963. Breaking into organized ball in 1919 as a second baseman, Chuck switched to the hot corner and became one of the game's top third sackers. In 1924, the infielder batted .346 at St. Paul and he was brought up to the majors the following year. Among the highlights of his managerial career were the two consecutive National League pennants he captured for the Dodgers in 1952 and 1953. Baseball experts feel that Chuck's '66 Tigers will be in the thick of the A.L. pennant fight."
  • Commentary: So before Tommy Lasorda and before Walter Alston, it was Charles Walter Dreesen at the helm of the Brooklyn Dodgers during the 'Bum's battles with the Yankees for baseball supremacy. And although his Dodgers fell short of the championship both years, he set the foundation for the team's success in 1955. He was actually the Dodgers, this time in LA, when he was hired to helm the Tigers. He did manage the team to a winning record and finish in the first division. But his health started to deteriorate. In 1965, he suffered a heart attack and was not able to join the club until the end of May. In 1966, he suffered a second heart attack and while recovering from that, would become stricken with a kidney infection. Chuck Dreesen died of cardiac arrest due to the complications from both. He was 71 years old. He finished with a career 1,037-993 record as a manager.
  • Lo-Hi Beckett value: $1.50-$4.00.
  • How many cards of this player do I own?: 0.

In case you're actually wondering, I don't own this card, but was able to get a crystal clean copy of the image from the from the Baseball Card Cyber Museum. So thank you Joe McAnally and the folks at the BCCM.

Well, it's back to normal on Monday. Tomorrow's card will be: 1999 Topps Traded #T31. Post will arrive at 1:00 PM CST. Come on back then to see what the Topps Card Randomizer gets us to look at then.


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