Fun Cards: 2013 Topps Ted Kluszewski

2013 Topps 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…

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.

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Posted on May 11, 2013, in baseball, baseball cards and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. That looks great! Colorization is something I have yet to attempt. Can’t imagine how painstaking something like that is. Nicely done!

  2. jackplumstead

    Not perfect? That is brilliant. I wonder if he would be allowed to wear his cut-off shirt in this present day and age?

  3. Fantastic job! What an awesome card.

  4. Marie Nicholson

    What separated Kluszewski from the rest of the musclemen was his off-the-charts discipline at the plate. He totaled 31 fewer strikeouts (140) than home runs (171) in his four peak seasons. Of the 10 times in major-league history that a player hit at least 40 homers with fewer strikeouts, three were by Kluszewski. The others on the list: Lou Gehrig (twice), Johnny Mize (twice), Mel Ott, Joe DiMaggio, and Barry Bonds.

  5. Love the colored pic of Big Klew! Shows just how big he was!

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