Monday, December 15, 2008

1953 Topps Project - Post #33

#38 - Jim Hearn - New York Giants

Wow, I have not featured a 1953 Topps card since October 30th. I swear I still intend to complete this set, work has just been crazy and I've been on a hockey card kick as of late. Time to get things rolling again with card #38, Jim Hearn.

Jim signed with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1942, but ended up a World War II veteran before he finally took the mound for the first time in 1947. He was claimed off of waivers by the Giants in 1950, and had a decent season, posting a 2.49 ERA. He continued to pitch well in 1951, winning 17 games and helping to propel the Giants to the World Series. He won his only appearance in the World Series that year, even thought the Giants ultimately lost to the Yankees.

According to his Wikipedia entry, Jim was involved in a strange incident towards the end of his career, in 1959...

"On May 10, he pitched 1⅓ innings against the Pittsburgh Pirates and gave up two runs before the game was suspended. He was given his unconditional release 12 days later. The suspended game was resumed in July, and Pittsburgh held on to win. Thus Hearn was charged with a loss, weeks after his career had ended."

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