Monday, January 4, 2016
#352 Cincy Clouters
The Card: This is the second Cincy-centric 'special' I've posted. The first one featured Vada Pinson and Jim O'Toole. Here we have three of the club's top hitter from the late 50s. Like the first one this looks to be a Wrigley Field photo.
Gus Bell played nine seasons for the Reds before he was taken by the Mets in the 1962 Expansion Draft. He had a nice rebound year in 1959, hitting .293 with 115 RBI. Frank Robinson was, well, Frank Robinson. His numbers for '59 were 36/125/.311/.391 so his spot on the card was obvious.
Jerry Lynch was fourth on the club in homers in '59, fifth in RBI. He trailed Pinson in both those categories but Topps was spreading the wealth and used this shot. Those sleeveless reds tops and white crowned lids were unique and pretty awesome.