Another day, another card towards my lifelong goal of completing the 1953 Topps baseball set. Today we look at card #110 on the checklist, Herman Wehmeier of the Cincinnati Reds. This card actually reflects an interesting story from the United States' past...
As a fan of world history, what I love about this card are the ties between baseball and what was occurring in American society at the time. 1953 was right smack in the middle of the Second Red Scare, the McCarthy era, and the paranoia related to communism was at a peak here in the States. So much so that even the word "Red" was a potential indicator, and a good way to draw unwanted attention to yourself. During this period the Cincinnati Reds, quite obviously aware of this, took a variety of steps to disassociate themselves from the word (and the color).
You can see on Wehmeier's '53 Topps card that there seems to be a lot of blue in the Reds uniform, but at least here they still use the word Reds within the team's red "C" logo, and still refer to the team as the Reds. Like I said, these changes kind of came in stages relative to the panic level of the general public. Here's a look at another '50s Reds card from my collection, from just two years later:
here. Herm Wehmeier's 1953 Topps card is just another example proving that even a lowly common can make for a very interesting piece of cardboard.
Set Progress: 61 of 274 (22%)
11/12 Dominion Pen Pals Stamkos/Connolly Auto /50 - I think this one speaks for itself! One for the PC and one I didn't have already all in one.