Archive for Bob Cerv

Rookie/Prospect Card Six Pack #14

Posted in Rookie Card Six Pack with tags , , , , , , , , on March 13, 2014 by Cardboard Icons

IMG_71441953 Topps Keith Thomas, 1953 Topps Harry Byrd, 1953 Topps Bob Cerv, 1952 Topps Jack Phillips, 1952 Topps Charlie Silveira, 1952 Topps Chuck Stobbs

Rookie Card Showcase: 1953 Topps Bob Cerv

Posted in Rookie Card Showcase with tags , , , , , , on December 30, 2009 by Cardboard Icons

This is part 20 of an ongoing series. To see the rest of this series, click here.

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.