In memory of Bob Lemke - 1952 Topps living players -Updated 4/16 RIP Carl Scheib

dennis07dennis07 Posts: 1,622 ✭✭✭
edited April 19, 2018 11:35AM in Sports Cards & Memorabilia Forum

In memory of a Baseball card collecting icon, Mr. Bob Lemke who passed away at the end of last year 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 04/16/2018
PLAYER 1952 TOPPS# BIRTH DATE TEAM
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Wally Westlake 38 11/08/1920 SLC
Eddie Robinson 32 12/15/1920 CWS
Gil Coan 291 05/18/1922 WSH
Red Schoendienst 91 02/02/1923 SLC
Ed Fitz Gerald 236 05/21/1924 PIT
Charlie Silvera 168 10/13/1924 NYY
Irv Noren 40 11/29/1924 WSH
Wayne Terwilliger 7 06/27/1925 BRO
Bobby Shantz 219 09/26/1925 PHA
Randy Jackson 322 02/10/1926 CHC
Howie Judson 169 02/16/1926 CWS
Bob Miller 187 06/16/1926 PHI
Bobby Morgan 355 06/29/1926 BRO
Johnny Groth 25 07/23/1926 DET
Carl Erskine 250 12/13/1926 BRO
Charlie Maxwell 180 04/08/1927 BRS
Cloyd Boyer 280 09/01/1927 SLC
Tommy Brown 281 12/06/1927 PHI
Joe Presko 220 10/07/1928 SLC
Bob Ross 298 11/02/1928 WSH
Curt Simmons 203 05/19/1929 PHI
Ted Lepcio 335 07/28/1929 BRS
Ike Delock 329 11/11/1929 BRS
Del Crandall 162 03/05/1930 BOS
Vern Law 81 03/12/1930 PIT
Johnny Antonelli 140 04/12/1930 BOS
Dick Groat 369 11/04/1930 PIT
Bob Friend 233 11/24/1930 PIT
Willie Mays 261 05/06/1931 NYG
Tony Bartirome 332 05/09/1932 PIT
Dick Brodowski 404 07/26/1932 BRS
Bobby Del Greco 353 04/07/1933 PIT

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  • IronmanfanIronmanfan Posts: 4,848 ✭✭✭

    Ned Garver passed away in February

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  • dennis07dennis07 Posts: 1,622 ✭✭✭

    List updated. Thanks

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  • mcolney1mcolney1 Posts: 839 ✭✭✭

    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

    Collecting Topps, Philadelphia and Kellogg's from 1964-1989
  • DboneesqDboneesq Posts: 18,344
    edited April 6, 2017 12:59AM

    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

    It was tough having to sell almost my entire collection of ~1,700 PSA graded cards from the 1910s - 1970's and my ~250 - 300 Graded Packs from the 50s, 60s and 70s. But when your daughter AND your wife are diagnosed with Cancer, sometimes you don't have a choice. One day I'll get some of them back!
  • OddRodzOddRodz Posts: 650 ✭✭✭

    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.

  • DboneesqDboneesq Posts: 18,344

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

    STAY HEALTHY!

    Doug

    It was tough having to sell almost my entire collection of ~1,700 PSA graded cards from the 1910s - 1970's and my ~250 - 300 Graded Packs from the 50s, 60s and 70s. But when your daughter AND your wife are diagnosed with Cancer, sometimes you don't have a choice. One day I'll get some of them back!
  • dennis07dennis07 Posts: 1,622 ✭✭✭
    edited April 6, 2017 12:44PM

    @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: 1,622 ✭✭✭
    edited April 6, 2017 12:38PM

    Gil Coan number changed to 291. Thanks.

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  • dennis07dennis07 Posts: 1,622 ✭✭✭
    edited April 19, 2018 11:45AM

    The above post got my curiosity up so I put together a list of those player's still living that had a 1952 Bowman FOOTBALL card.
    A quick check on sportscardforum.com shows many still sign TTM.
    Name 1952 Bowman # DOB Updated 04/16/2018

    Charley Trippi 12 12/14/1922
    Zollie Toth 58 01/26/1924
    Dub Jones 86 12/29/1924
    Fred Cone 33 06/21/1926
    Gino Marchetti 23 01/02/1927
    George Taliaferro 89 01/08/1927
    Hugh McElhenny 29 12/31/1928
    Gene Schroeder 70 03/03/1929
    Chuck Ortmann 132 06/01/1929
    Walt Michaels 62 10/16/1929
    Bobby Dillon 98 02/23/1930
    Maurice Nipp 107 03/21/1930
    Bill McColl 60 04/02/1930
    George Tarasovic 94 05/06/1930
    Fred Benners 93 06/22/1930
    Billy Howton 21 07/05/1930
    Bert Rechichar 136 07/16/1930

    17 Total of 144 cards in the set

    The site tradingcarddb.com does not list the date of death for the following 2 players
    card # 49 Jerrell Price – He died 5/10/2001 source: findagrave.com
    card # 108 Hubert Johnson (card is listed as an UER card because his last name is Johnston)
    He died Nov 29, 2016 source: his obituary online

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  • lawyer05lawyer05 Posts: 736 ✭✭✭
    edited April 11, 2017 3:09PM

    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

  • dennis07dennis07 Posts: 1,622 ✭✭✭

    Sam Mele passed away at age 95. RIP.

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  • DboneesqDboneesq Posts: 18,344

    Dennis - Thanks for posting. I missed this.

    RIP Mr. Mele.

    STAY HEALTHY!

    Doug

    It was tough having to sell almost my entire collection of ~1,700 PSA graded cards from the 1910s - 1970's and my ~250 - 300 Graded Packs from the 50s, 60s and 70s. But when your daughter AND your wife are diagnosed with Cancer, sometimes you don't have a choice. One day I'll get some of them back!
  • IronmanfanIronmanfan Posts: 4,848 ✭✭✭

    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: 242

    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.
  • dennis07dennis07 Posts: 1,622 ✭✭✭

    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: 21,949 ✭✭✭✭

    @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
  • DboneesqDboneesq Posts: 18,344

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

    STAY HEALTHY!

    Doug

    It was tough having to sell almost my entire collection of ~1,700 PSA graded cards from the 1910s - 1970's and my ~250 - 300 Graded Packs from the 50s, 60s and 70s. But when your daughter AND your wife are diagnosed with Cancer, sometimes you don't have a choice. One day I'll get some of them back!
  • dennis07dennis07 Posts: 1,622 ✭✭✭
    edited November 14, 2017 7:19PM

    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: 4,303 ✭✭✭
    edited November 15, 2017 1:40AM

    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

  • dennis07dennis07 Posts: 1,622 ✭✭✭

    @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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  • 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

    It was tough having to sell almost my entire collection of ~1,700 PSA graded cards from the 1910s - 1970's and my ~250 - 300 Graded Packs from the 50s, 60s and 70s. But when your daughter AND your wife are diagnosed with Cancer, sometimes you don't have a choice. One day I'll get some of them back!
  • 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

    It was tough having to sell almost my entire collection of ~1,700 PSA graded cards from the 1910s - 1970's and my ~250 - 300 Graded Packs from the 50s, 60s and 70s. But when your daughter AND your wife are diagnosed with Cancer, sometimes you don't have a choice. One day I'll get some of them back!
  • Dennis - did a check on the remaining players from this set. HAPPY to report that all 33 are still with us!

    STAY HEALTHY!

    Doug

    It was tough having to sell almost my entire collection of ~1,700 PSA graded cards from the 1910s - 1970's and my ~250 - 300 Graded Packs from the 50s, 60s and 70s. But when your daughter AND your wife are diagnosed with Cancer, sometimes you don't have a choice. One day I'll get some of them back!
  • dennis07dennis07 Posts: 1,622 ✭✭✭
    edited April 16, 2018 12:47PM

    Thanks, Doug. I missed your post until now.

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  • bishopbishop Posts: 2,654 ✭✭✭

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

    Topps Baseball-1948, 1951 to 2017
    Bowman Baseball -1948-1955
    Fleer Baseball-1923, 1959-2007

    Al
  • dennis07dennis07 Posts: 1,622 ✭✭✭

    @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: 18,306 ✭✭✭

    Nice to see a number of them are still alive.

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

  • BALROGBALROG Posts: 151 ✭✭✭

  • Carl Scheib passed on March 24th. RIP

  • dennis07dennis07 Posts: 1,622 ✭✭✭
    edited April 16, 2018 12:44PM

    @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: 5,031 ✭✭✭

    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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