Today's post is somewhat of a minor milestone for me, as I reach the 50th card towards my 1953 Topps baseball set...
I guess his nickname is evidence of his average playing ability. Unlike famous baseball nicknames like "The Sultan of Swat" or "The Vacuum Cleaner", which fittingly described elite attributes of the game's star athletes, Paul was simply dubbed "Lefty" for no other reason than the fact that he threw left-handed. He was never an All-Star and he never set any records, but this card is still interesting to me because of LaPalme's local ties. Paul was born and raised in the state of Massachusetts, not too far from where I live now. He passed away in 2010 as a resident of Leominster, MA, the same town listed as his home on the very back of this card nearly 60 years ago:
Set Progress: 50 of 274 (18%)
Win, Loose or Tie. I'll Cheer Black & Gold 'Till I Die - Hoping for a big Game 7 win from these guys tonight.