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Monday, November 19, 2012

1951 Topps Red Back #4 - Verne Stephens

Vern Stephens (b. 1920 - d. 1968) played in the majors from 1941 to 1955 for the Browns, Red Sox, White Sox and Orioles.  He had 1,859 career hits, 247 home runs and a lifetime average of .286.  He won the AL Home Run Crown in 1945 with 24 homers.  He also won the RBI Crown in 1944, 1949 and 1950.  He finished as high as 4th in MVP voting twice (1942 and 1948) and was a 7-time All Star.  His numbers as a shortstop fall short of enshrinement in Cooperstown, but he definitely was one of the great hitters of his era.

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