Friday, December 21, 2012

1951 Topps Red Back #36 - Gus Zernial

Gus Zernial (b. 1923 - d. 2011) played in the majors from 1949 to 1959 for the White Sox, A's (Philadelphia and Kansas City) and Tigers.  He had 1,093 hits, 237 home runs and a .265 batting average in his career.  He finished as high as 18th in the AL MVP voting (1953) and was also an All Star that season.  Quite the power hitter, Zernial led the league in 1951 with 33 home runs.  His career high was 42 in 1953 when he finished second in the home run race to Al Rosen's 43 homers.

Deceased: 28

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