Monday, February 2, 2015

1959 Baseball Thrills #465 Roy Sievers

The team Phungo advanced procrastination skills made it possible for us to drag out the 1959 Topps Baseball Thrills feature which surveys a measly 10 cards for over a year.

After a bit of a Hiatus we bring you the #465 card from that subset. 

1959 Topps Baseball Thrills #465 Roy Sievers

Chances are the catpion "Sievers Sets Homer Mark" isn't one you expected to see on a baseball card from an era that included names like Mays, Aaron,  Musial, and Mantle.

Part of the reason for that is the record referred to here is a team record. The accomplishment is further described on the flip of the card. The synopsis mentions that the vast dimensions of the Senators Griffith stadium are an issue for Right Handed Pull hitters like Sievers.

1959 Topps Baseball Thrills #465 Roy Sievers (b-side)

Regardless Roy Sievers did top the eras best sluggers to win the 1957 Title, had 1958 Topps had League Leader cards he would have shared the podium with Mickey Mantle and Ted Williams. Very nice company - Sievers finished 3rd in the MVP voting that season, behind Mantle and Williams.

As a member of the St Louis Browns, Sievers collected the AL Rookie of the Year award in 1949 (16 HR, 91 RBI,  .306/.398/.475, 125 OPS+, 2.0 WAR). The five time all-star collected 318 Home Runs and 1147 RBI in a 17 year career in which he never got a chance to play in the postseason.

Sources and Links
1959 Baseball Thrills Index

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