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2009 Topps Gus Bell

Buddy Bell was a pretty popular guy in Cincinnati. One of the main reasons? He was Gus Bell’s kid. Gus played nine seasons in Cincinnati, and all four of his All-Star selections came while wearing the Reds uniform. He was a pretty decent hitter with a .281 lifetime average, topping 25 home runs three times in his career. After being drafted by the Mets in the 1961 expansion draft, Bell only played a handful of games with New York, after which he was traded to the Milwaukee Braves for another former Red, Frank Thomas (no, not the Big Hurt).

Gus Bell was inducted into the Reds Hall of Fame in 1964, the same year he retired from baseball. I believe his son, having only played about two and a half seasons in Cincinnati, is not eligible for the same honor.

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