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In memory of Bob Lemke - 1952 Topps living players

dennis07dennis07 Posts: 1,842 ✭✭✭
edited December 19, 2022 1:54PM in Trading Cards & Memorabilia Forum

In memory and honor of a Baseball card collecting icon, Mr. Bob Lemke who passed away I am posting his list from his blog of the current living players from '52 Topps set.

Here is a list of the remaining living players. Updated 2//3/2021
PLAYER 1952 TOPPS# BIRTH DATE TEAM
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Bobby Shantz 219 09/26/1925 PHA
Bobby Morgan 355 06/29/1926 BRO
Carl Erskine 250 12/13/1926 BRO
Charlie Maxwell 180 04/08/1927 BRS
Tommy Brown 281 12/06/1927 PHI
Bob Ross 298 11/02/1928 WSH
Vern Law 81 03/12/1930 PIT
Dick Groat 369 11/04/1930 PIT
Willie Mays 261 05/06/1931 NYG

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    IronmanfanIronmanfan Posts: 5,429 ✭✭✭✭

    Ned Garver passed away in February

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    dennis07dennis07 Posts: 1,842 ✭✭✭

    List updated. Thanks

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    mcolney1mcolney1 Posts: 977 ✭✭✭

    Thinking of sports and longevity - would be interesting to compare the percent of baseball players alive in the the 52 Topps set to the percent of football players alive in the 52 Bowman set.

    http://www.tradingcarddb.com/ViewAllSet.cfm/sid/3194

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    DboneesqDboneesq Posts: 18,220 ✭✭
    edited April 5, 2017 5:59PM

    I have also been keeping this list for a few years. I agree with your list showing 39 players still living. Ned Garver and Roy Sievers are the only two to pass in 2017.

    EDITED TO ADD: Gil Coan's number is 291, not 91. Bob had it incorrect.

    STAY HEALTHY!

    Doug

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    OddRodzOddRodz Posts: 645 ✭✭✭

    This thread is morbid. Why in the hell does it exist. Publicizing who is due to die Is unfathomable even for us folks who think GOD is a clown act still attracting....well hypocrites.

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    DboneesqDboneesq Posts: 18,220 ✭✭

    Exists mainly for people who collect the '52 set in autographed form.

    STAY HEALTHY!

    Doug

    Liquidating my collection for the 3rd and final time. Time for others to enjoy what I have enjoyed over the last several decades. Money could be put to better use.
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    dennis07dennis07 Posts: 1,842 ✭✭✭
    edited April 6, 2017 5:44AM

    @OddRodz said:
    This thread is morbid. Why in the hell does it exist. Publicizing who is due to die Is unfathomable even for us folks who think GOD is a clown act still attracting....well hypocrites.

    I couldn't disagree more. Thank you for your input though.

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    dennis07dennis07 Posts: 1,842 ✭✭✭
    edited April 6, 2017 5:38AM

    Gil Coan number changed to 291. Thanks.

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    dennis07dennis07 Posts: 1,842 ✭✭✭
    edited June 21, 2018 9:49AM

    ..

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    lawyer05lawyer05 Posts: 2,132 ✭✭✭✭
    edited April 11, 2017 8:09AM

    bob lemke passed away ? did not know that ..i can't believe it.. i commisioned some cards from him last year ..he was the best

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    dennis07dennis07 Posts: 1,842 ✭✭✭

    Sam Mele passed away at age 95. RIP.

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    DboneesqDboneesq Posts: 18,220 ✭✭

    Dennis - Thanks for posting. I missed this.

    RIP Mr. Mele.

    STAY HEALTHY!

    Doug

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    IronmanfanIronmanfan Posts: 5,429 ✭✭✭✭

    Sam (a member of the 1954 Orioles and who registered their first RBI) was a great signer TTM

    RIP

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    mrmoparmrmopar Posts: 1,032 ✭✭✭✭

    I maintain a similar list for living Brooklyn Dodgers. Sadly, it is a fast shrinking list.

    I collect Steve Garvey, Dodgers and signed cards. Collector since 1978.
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    dennis07dennis07 Posts: 1,842 ✭✭✭

    Bob Kuzava played 10 years in the bigs including 1951-54 with the Yankees. He passed away on May 15, 2017. RIP

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    Stone193Stone193 Posts: 24,351 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @dennis07 said:
    Sam Mele passed away at age 95. RIP.

    I have a plaque presented to him back in 1965 and signed on the back.


    Mike
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    DboneesqDboneesq Posts: 18,220 ✭✭

    Yup, we are now down to 37 players from the '52 Topps set who are still with us.

    STAY HEALTHY!

    Doug

    Liquidating my collection for the 3rd and final time. Time for others to enjoy what I have enjoyed over the last several decades. Money could be put to better use.
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    dennis07dennis07 Posts: 1,842 ✭✭✭
    edited November 14, 2017 12:19PM

    Partial Obituary for Solly Hemus passed away Oct. 2, 2017 RIP / Also, Bob Kelly passed away Oct. 25, 2017 RIP

    In 1941, at the age of 17, Solly joined the Navy. His mother had to go with him to enlist since he was a minor. He spent four years in the Navy as a chief aviation ordnanceman.

    After Solly was discharged from the military, he was signed by the Brooklyn Dodgers and went to spring training in Florida. Unfortunately, he did not last too long with the Dodgers and was signed by the St. Louis Cardinals in 1946. He first went to Pocatello, Idaho to play with the Pocatello Cardinals, a single A team for the Redbirds. In 1947, Solly was moved up to AA ball and sent to Houston, Texas to play with the Houston Buffs (Buffalos). He played for the buffs from 1947 to 1949. Solly finally made it to "The Show" in 1949 and played with the St. Louis Cardinals as a second baseman and short stop until 1956. In May of 1956, he was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies and played there until 1958. In the fall of 1958, Solly was reacquired by the St. Louis Cardinals and was named player-manager by owner August "Gussie" Busch. Solly remained with the Cardinals until 1962.

    After Solly left the Cardinals organization, he was a coach for the New York Mets from 1962-1963, and the Cleveland Indians from 1964-1965. In 1966, Solly was a manager for the Met's top farm club, the Jacksonville Sun, and this was his final appearance in baseball.

    In 1966, Solly came to Houston, Texas to begin his career in the oil business. He worked out of his home making deals and some money, and eventually moved into a small office. In the 1970's, he hired Leah Fash as his secretary and Paul Barenkamp as his landman. Solly became a success in the oil business with the help of Paul, Hal Hudgins, Sonny Cabiness and so many other businessmen in the oil industry. He retired from the oil business in 2011.

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    SDSportsFanSDSportsFan Posts: 5,088 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited November 14, 2017 6:40PM

    According to the US Social Security Death Index, John Kastan Jr. (1952 Bowman FB #81) died on 15 May 2002.

    It also indicates that Jack Carr Blount died on 14 Oct 2003, and Glen Christian died on 15 Apr 1989.

    Steve

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    dennis07dennis07 Posts: 1,842 ✭✭✭

    @SDSportsFan said:
    According to the US Social Security Death Index, John Kastan Jr. (1952 Bowman FB #81) died on 15 May 2002.

    It also indicates that Jack Carr Blount died on 14 Oct 2003, and Glen Christian died on 15 Apr 1989.

    Steve

    That is some good detective work, I'll make the changes. Thanks.

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    DboneesqDboneesq Posts: 18,220 ✭✭

    Dennis ... thanks for posting the update. I just checked all the other players and your TOPPS list is updated as of today.

    There are now 35 players still alive from that iconic set.

    STAY HEALTHY!

    Doug

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    DboneesqDboneesq Posts: 18,220 ✭✭

    Dennis - We have lost two more gentlemen from this iconic set.

    Bob Borkowski (#328) passed away on November 18, 2017 and

    Dick Gernert (343) passed away on November 30, 2017.

    STAY HEALTHY!

    Doug

    Liquidating my collection for the 3rd and final time. Time for others to enjoy what I have enjoyed over the last several decades. Money could be put to better use.
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    DboneesqDboneesq Posts: 18,220 ✭✭

    Dennis - did a check on the remaining players from this set. HAPPY to report that all 33 are still with us!

    STAY HEALTHY!

    Doug

    Liquidating my collection for the 3rd and final time. Time for others to enjoy what I have enjoyed over the last several decades. Money could be put to better use.
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    dennis07dennis07 Posts: 1,842 ✭✭✭
    edited April 16, 2018 5:47AM

    Thanks, Doug. I missed your post until now.

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    bishopbishop Posts: 2,917 ✭✭✭

    Never a bother to be reminded of friend and hobby icon Bob Lemke

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    dennis07dennis07 Posts: 1,842 ✭✭✭

    @bishop said:
    Never a bother to be reminded of friend and hobby icon Bob Lemke

    I feel very blessed to have become acquainted with Mr. Lemke during the last year or so of his life. I was able to do some impromptu genealogical work for him based on some info. he posted on his blog. He was very appreciative and we exchanged many e-mails. He shared some of his vast knowledge of card collecting with me. It's an honor for me to keep his love of the '52 set alive and I will continue to do so as long as I am able.

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    stevekstevek Posts: 27,716 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Nice to see a number of them are still alive.

    Probably on the average, each one is around 90 years old or older.

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    BigMike79BigMike79 Posts: 31 ✭✭✭

    Carl Scheib passed on March 24th. RIP

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    dennis07dennis07 Posts: 1,842 ✭✭✭
    edited April 16, 2018 5:44AM

    @BigMike79 said:

    Carl Scheib passed on March 24th. RIP

    Thank You. Little known fact. Mr. Scheib was the youngest player in American League history. RIP

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    gemintgemint Posts: 6,069 ✭✭✭✭✭

    He seems to have lived an interesting and long life. Can you imagine being a teenager being dropped off in a big city after never having wandered far off the family farm? He said he had never heard of people paying to see people play ball when a scout sought him out.

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    dennis07dennis07 Posts: 1,842 ✭✭✭

    St. Louis Cardinals legend and Baseball Hall of Famer Red Schoendienst passed away Wednesday. RIP.

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    scmavlscmavl Posts: 1,400 ✭✭✭

    Red was one of those people who LIVED baseball. Much like Bob Lemke. I was out of vintage collecting for a couple of years and didn't know Bob had passed until last week. He was a very nice and knowledgeable fellow who I did many deals with. He also sold me my favorite non-card piece in my collection- a 1960 original Topps Flexichrome of Killebrew & Colavito for a HR leaders card that was never released. RIP Bob & Red.

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    bishopbishop Posts: 2,917 ✭✭✭

    It was mentioned on 54 that Red was the last living HOFer to serve in WWII, and the last survivor of the 48 Bowman set

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    Stone193Stone193 Posts: 24,351 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Sad. RIP Red.

    Mike
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    burghmanburghman Posts: 804 ✭✭✭✭

    RIP. I don't have any of his cards, but...

    Jim

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    I am honored to say I am with Bob Miller right now and he is doing great for 92!

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    dennis07dennis07 Posts: 1,842 ✭✭✭

    Wally Westlake passed away on September 5, 2019.
    11/08/1920-09/05/2019 RIP.

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    bishopbishop Posts: 2,917 ✭✭✭

    Always appreciate the updates to this thread

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    "Handsome Ransom" Randy Jackson passed March 20, 2019.

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    PiggsPiggs Posts: 1,934 ✭✭✭✭

    Charlie Silvera 168 10/13/1924 NYY I saw somewhere a week or two ago that Mr. Silvera passed away.

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    dennis07dennis07 Posts: 1,842 ✭✭✭

    Thanks for the updates.
    Randy Jackson 02/10/1926-03/20/2019 RIP
    Charlie Silvera 10/13/1924-09/07/2019 RIP

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    dennis07dennis07 Posts: 1,842 ✭✭✭

    Thanks to the CU member for the message pointing this out.

    RIP Bobby Del Greco who passed away on Oct 13, 2019. He had been the youngest member of the remaining Topps '52 club.
    April 7, 1933-October 13, 2019.

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    jlvette50jlvette50 Posts: 328 ✭✭✭
    edited October 16, 2019 1:40PM

    Looking at the list, I seemed to recall that Bob Friend had passed. Checked and unfortunately he did on 2/3/19.

    Couple others as well:
    Bob Friend - 2/3/19
    Joe Presko - 2/5/19
    Tony Bartirome - 6/22/19

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    dennis07dennis07 Posts: 1,842 ✭✭✭

    @jlvette50 said:
    Looking at the list, I seemed to recall that Bob Friend had passed. Checked and unfortunately he did on 2/3/19.

    Couple others as well:
    Bob Friend - 2/3/19
    Joe Presko - 2/5/19
    Tony Bartirome - 6/22/19

    Thank you for this update: Mr. Bartirome passed 6/22/2018.
    RIP to these 3 former players.

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    dennis07dennis07 Posts: 1,842 ✭✭✭

    List updated:
    November 15, 2019 RIP Irv Noren

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    coinspackscoinspacks Posts: 965 ✭✭✭✭

    Didn't Dick Brodowski die?

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    dennis07dennis07 Posts: 1,842 ✭✭✭

    The list has been updated to include:
    Dick Brodowski RIP July 26.1932-January 14, 2019

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    frankhardyfrankhardy Posts: 8,046 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited November 27, 2019 2:50PM

    Cloyd Boyer is the only Cardinals player left. I keep up because of my Topps Cardinals Autograph Collection. I have all 1952 Topps except the 4 high numbers. I have only seen one single Wilmer Mizell and it went for 1.5k I think.

    Shane

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    coinspackscoinspacks Posts: 965 ✭✭✭✭

    Ted Lepcio gets off the list

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