1959 Topps #35 Ted Kluszewski Signed AUTO baseball card PSA/DNA D.1988 Reds Pirates

Ted Kluszewski (D. 1988) After batting .325 and .377 in two minor league seasons, he was called up to Cincinnati and became the Reds' starting first baseman at the end of 1948. Soon after the 6'-2" 240-pound Ted Kluszewski joined the Reds, he cut off the sleeves of his uniform, much to the chagrin of the Reds front office. He did it because the tight sleeves constricted his large biceps and shoulders and interfered with his swing. "They got pretty upset, but it was either that or change my swing — and I wasn't about to change my swing", said Kluszewski. Kluszewski became notorious for his strength; Hall of Fame manager Leo Durocher was asked to name five of the strongest players in baseball, he complied. When the it was pointed out that he'd left Ted Kluszewski off his list, Durocher said: "Kluszewski? I'm talking about human beings!" Kluszewski was selected as an All-Star in four seasons, and was a career .298 hitter with 279 home runs and 1028 RBI in 1718 games. In ten of his fifteen seasons, Kluszewski walked (492) more often than he struck out (365). In 1955, he hit 47 homers while striking out only 40 times. No player since him has hit 40 homers and struck out 40 or fewer times in the same season (Barry Bonds missed duplicating this feat by one strikeout in 2004).

Offered is his 1959 Topps #35 baseball card signed in vintage blue ballpoint pen.  Encapsulated authentic by PSA/DNA.



Item: 10590

Price: $79.00
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1959 Topps #35 Ted Kluszewski  Signed AUTO baseball card PSA/DNA D.1988 Reds Pirates