Cael’s Collection – Danny McDevitt 1959 Topps # 364

bradenbell-thumb-450x253-2681381b.jpgCael’s Collection  – Cedar Rapids Professional Baseball Alumni Baseball Cards

     The alumni card of the day is Danny McDevitt’s 1959 Topps #364. It is just one of the many cards I have picked up inexpensively at the local card shows out at Lindale Mall here in Cedar Rapids. There is a show running during mall hours this weekend (Fri-Sun), but I likely won’t make it this until Sunday as I has some things come up today and we have the Kernels job fair at the stadium tomorrow from 8am-5pm. If you are interested in working out at the stadium this season, we are hiring people to work on our usher crew, the stadium operations crew, the concessions staff and our on field staff for the 2011 season. Find more info on the job fair here.     The 1959 Topps set is one of my favorites. The design is fairly simple and I have seen several minor league teams produce a team set looking very similar recently. I remember picking up a few random cards of the set when i first started collecting and was so proud to show my parents I could buy the good ‘old’ cards. At the time, I was sure those rookie cards would be a great investment. It turns out there may be a few more of them out in the open market than I believed in my early years.

Danny McDevitt was a member of the 1956 Cedar Rapids Raiders squad that finished 44-76 under manager George Scherger. McDevitt was 5-8 with a 3.53 ERA. He struck out 98 batters in 120 innings of work.

Danny McDevitt 1958 topps small.jpg     Danny McDevitt may be best known as the pitcher who won the Brooklyn Dodgers final game at Ebbets field in 1957. He struck out nine Pirates while pitching a five hit shutout on September 24. McDevitt posted a 21-27 mark with 7 saves over his seven year MLB career playing for the Dodgers, Yankees, Twins and Athletics. He passed away this past November at the age of 78.

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