Saturday, December 22, 2012

1951 Topps Red Back #37 - Wes Westrum

Wes Westrum (b. 1922 - d. 2002) played in the majors from 1947 to 1957 for the Giants.  He had 503 hits, 96 home runs and a .217 batting average.  He was a 2-time All Star (1952 and 1952) and finished as high as 32nd in the 1950 NL MVP voting.  He won the World Series with the Giants in 1954 and received 1% of the vote when he appeared on his only Hall of Fame ballot in 1964.  He managed the Mets from 1965 to 1967 and then the Giants from 1974 to 1975.  His career managerial record was 260-366 (.415 winning percentage)  The oddest fact about him is that his middle name was Noreen.  I bet he thanked his parents for that one.

Deceased: 29
Manager: 7
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