Friday, August 29, 2014

Airbrushed Fridays: 1959 Topps #278

Airbrushed Fridays returns after a short hiatus with a card from one of my favorite sets.

Who is he? Chuck Essegian was a scrub, but he is one of only two people in the world who can rightly say they participated in both the World Series and the Rose Bowl. As a linebacker, Essegian played for the Stanford Indians (yep.) in 1952 Granddaddy of Them All. Stanford was destroyed by Illinois, 40-7. I don't like Stanford, but I won't get into that today. Essegian was a reserve outfielder for the World Series winning Dodgers team of 1959, as he lasted just a few months with St. Louis.

How did he get here? Despite a reputation for hitting "a long ball" as the back of the card suggests, Essegian was traded following his rookie season by the Phillies to the Cardinals for the father of their future GM (Ruben Amaro). Oddly, it was the Cardinals who had actually originally drafted Essegian, and he would be traded again as mentioned above before the '59 season was out.

Repeat offender? No

Other versions of this card: None

Airbrushed Score: 7

Comments: Is Chuck wearing a white sheet as a shirt? Is he about to sit in the barber's chair and get a fresh buzzcut?

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