Wednesday, December 27, 2017

1950 Bowman - Post #6 - Sid Gordon

Next up in my slow, plodding effort to complete a 1950 Bowman baseball set, Mr. Sid Gordon:

Gordon was a very respectable power hitter who enjoyed a 13-year career at the Major League level.  He spent the early years of his career with the New York Giants (broken up by a two-year stint in the Coast Guard during WWII), before being traded to the Boston Braves prior to the 1950 season.

Sid put together some impressive seasons, but this is a great card to get towards my set as his 1950 campaign may have been his overall best.  Gordon hit .304 with 27 home runs and 103 RBI that year.  While he had a couple of other seasons that were comparable as far as home runs and runs driven in, his 33 doubles and .960 OPS were both career highs.

By the time he hung up his spikes, Sid had compiled more than 1,400 hits, 200 home runs and 800 RBI.  He was named an All-Star twice, garnered MVP votes in five separate seasons, and was enshrined posthumously in the National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame.

Gordon died doing what he loved in the year 1975, suffering a heart attack while playing softball in Central Park at age 57.

Half a dozen cards and counting now...

Set Progress:  6 of 252 (2% Complete)


Tony Burbs said...

There's something poetic about dying on the diamond. Such an under appreciated ballplayer!

RoundtheDiamond87 said...

It's a great set. Good luck on it.

John Miller said...

That's 3x more than I have in my set build, lol.

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