Fun Cards: 2013 Topps Ted Kluszewski
I’m kinda proud of this one. I took an old black and white photograph and colorized it in Photoshop. It’s not perfect, but I’m happy with it.
Ted Kluszewski doesn’t get enough respect in my opinion. The dude was a monster. In a four-year span from 1953 through 1956, Big Klu smashed 171 home runs and drove in 464 runs, all while holding a .315 batting average. He made the All-Star team those four years, and in 1954 he finished second to Willie Mays in MVP voting.
For perspective, consider some other great four-year stretches…
- Willie Mays, 1962-1965: 186 home runs / 467 RBI / .308 BA
- Albert Pujols, 2003-2006: 179 / 501 / .338
- Mickey Mantle, 1958-1961: 167 / 394 / .295
- Hank Aaron, 1960-1963: 163 / 504 / .315
- Prince Fielder, 2007-2010: 162 / 445 / .281
Of course, four years does not a Hall of Famer make. Injuries beset Kluszewski, and he finished his career with 279 home runs and 1028 RBI. Still, during that four-year stretch, he must have been fun to watch at old Crosley Field.