Friday, May 22, 2015

#11 Norm Siebern

Norm Siebern, Kansas City Athletics

Career: Siebern played 12 seasons in the majors, all except a partial year with the Giants were in the AL. He won a Gold Glove as an outfielder for the Yankees early in his career but spent the majority of his time as a first baseman. He was a three time All Star and he won World Series rings as a part of the 1956 and 1958 Yankees. He also played for the Red Sox in the '67 Series against the Cardinals.

Notable Achievements:

  • 1957 Minor League Player of the Year, Denver Bears, American Association
  • 3-time AL All-Star (1962-1964)
  • AL Gold Glove Winner (1958/LF)
  • AL Bases on Balls Leader (1964)
  • 20-Home Run Seasons: 1 (1962)
  • 100 RBI Seasons: 1 (1962)
  • 100 Runs Scored Seasons: 1 (1962)
  • Won two World Series with the New York Yankees (1956 & 1958)

In 1960: Traded the previous winter to the A's in the deal that sent Roger Maris to New York Siebern was an every day player with about equal time spent in left and at first. He hit 19 homers to go with a .279 average. He was two years away from his best year. In 1962 he finished #7 in MVP voting.

WikiFacts: "Siebern and fellow Yankee farmhand Jerry Lumpe played basketball at Southwest Missouri State Teachers College (later Southwest Missouri State University and now Missouri State University) and helped the Bears win the 1952 and 1953 NAIA National Championship Tournaments. Southwest Missouri State posted a 10-0 record in the national tourney over the two seasons, including wins over Indiana State, Murray State, and Gonzaga, though both Siebern and Lumpe headed to spring training prior to the title games."- from Siebern's SABR bio

The Card: This one is in pretty rough shape. If I decide to make an 'upgrade' list I'll put this card on it. One reason I'd like a nicer copy is that I like the color scheme and another is that Siebern played for the Orioles and I'm partial to him for that. I also hate to see the wonderful colors of the back of the card marred as they are by stains.

Obviously Topps didn't bother airbrushing the 'NY' off Siebern's cap. This is a Series One card and maybe they didn't have the time.

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