Friday, January 4, 2013

2013 Topps Baseball Release Countdown #27

1957 Topps #27 Ted Kazanski
1957 Topps #27 Ted Kazanski Front

One would expect a player with a name like Ted Kazanski to be a slugger. Perhaps even a superstar, especially considering that he made his major league debut at age nineteen.

According to the back of this card, Teddy Kaz was considered a great major league prospect by the time he graduated from high school. Every team was after him. Philadelphia signed him for a whopping $100,000.

However...it also goes on to inform us that he was sent to Terre Haute for seasoning in 1951, and that he proved himself to be 'a fielder of unusual talent.' The next season, he 'led the International League in fielding.'

Uh, oh. That's the kiss of death for a player.

Kinda like being told your blind date is a nice person.

Surely he was a slugger, though, right?

RIGHT?

The stat line on the back of his card (for the years 1953-1956) reads like this: 855 AB, 173 Hits, 8 HR, 70 RBI, .202 average.

By the time he finished his final season in the majors (1958), Kaz had finished with 14 homers in 1329 at-bats.

Maybe I was thinking of Ted Kluszewski. 

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