2009 Topps Wally Post
Another popular player from the 1950s Reds teams, Wally Post made his mark in 1955 when he smacked 40 home runs. No, in this day, 40 isn’t a huge number. But back in Post’s day…it wasn’t much either. At least not in ’55. Post was sixth in the National League with those 40 dingers. Willie Mays (51), Ted Kluszewski (47), Ernie Banks (44), Duke Snider (42), and Eddie Mathews (41) all had more round-trippers than Wally. The next year, 1956, Post hit 36 out of the park, good for 5th on the NL list. That same year, three other Reds (Frank Robinson, Big Klu, and Gus Bell) also finished among the top ten home run hitters in the senior circuit.
Despite his phenomenal numbers those two seasons, Post never went to the All-Star Game. He was voted to start in 1957 along with six other Redlegs. The commish stepped in and said, “The fans are stupid and they can’t vote no more.” Post was removed from the team, while Gus Bell was sent to the bench; Hank Aaron and Willie Mays were awarded starting spots in their places.
Retiring in 1963, Post was ushered into the Reds Hall of Fame in 1965.
By my calculations, there are only three more cards to post after this Post (yeah, bad pun). One started his career in the 1970s with the Reds, one made his big league debut in the 1980s for the Reds, and the third started in the 1980s also, but not with the Reds. If you look at the names to the left and think about who some of my favorites are, it shouldn’t be difficult to figure out the final three.