Don Kessinger… was a 6-time All-Star, 2-time Gold Glove winner who played 16 years in the majors, mainly for the Cubs. He was known for his excellent range and strong throwing arm.
Several of his Topps cards point out that he went 6-for-6 against the Cards in a game on June 17th, 1971. That game was a 10-inning walk-off 7-6 win for the Cubs where Kessinger scored the winning run on a single by Ron Santo.
Kessinger was the last player/manager in the American League; he managed and played short for the White Sox in 1979. He did not last in either role; he was replaced as manager by Tony LaRussa before the season ended, and he would not play after 1979.
In 1976, Don Kessinger… was the starting shortstop for the Cardinals. He filled in the gap between Mike Tyson and up-and-comer Garry Templeton.
Shea-o-meter: The scoreboard with the Mets logo in the background is a bit of a giveaway; here are the current counts for where photos in this set were taken:
Pretty sure it’s Shea: 5
Can’t tell: 5
Not Shea: 5
Betcha didn’t know… Kessinger was an All-American basketball player for the University of Mississippi.
SSPC vs. Topps: Kessinger’s 1976 Topps card has him airbrushed into what ended up looking like a velour Cardinals cap.