Thursday, December 6, 2012

1951 Topps Red Back #21 - Larry Jansen

Kinda looks like Jamie Moyer, doesnt it?  A little maybe?  I wouldn't be surprised, since Moyer has been around since the Pre Cambrian.  Anyway, Jansen (b. 1920 - d. 2009) played in the majors from 1947 to 1954 and 1956 for the Giants and Reds.  He had a career record of 122-89, a 3.58 ERA and 842 strikeouts.  He finished in second for the 1947 Rookie of the Year award, to Jackie Robinson when he went 21-5, with a 3.16 ERA.  He won 18 or more games in 4 seasons and won 20 or more in two of those.  He finished as high as 7th in the NL MVP voting (1947).

Deceased: 16
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