Rookie Card Showcase: 1953 Topps Bob Cerv

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Bob Cerv was a Yankee at three times in his career, briefly replaced Mickey Mantle during the Hall of Famer’s rookie season, and in his first year as a starter away from New York, excelled by smashing 38 homers, eclipsing 100 RBIs and becoming an all-star en route to finishing fourth in the MVP voting in 1958. But these reasons are not why I think of Cerv. In fact, I hadn’t known about Cerv until Billy Crystal’s movie “*61.” The movie depicts Cerv as being the roommate of Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris during the 1961 season in which the two Yankee sluggers chased Babe Ruth’s single-season home run record. That must have been a hell of an experience for Cerv, who mainly was a backup for the Yankees during all of his stints with the club.

2 Responses to “Rookie Card Showcase: 1953 Topps Bob Cerv”

  1. I like the water tower over his right shoulder. That’s a really nice touch on this card. Crazy he roomed with Mantle and Maris—-guess some of that power rubbed off.

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