Best Player to retire in 1952. Lou Boudreau (Hall of Famer)
Did he have a 1953 card? Yes – 1953 Bowman
Through an interesting set of circumstances, Boudreau did get a card in 1953. Boudreau was released by the Indians, where he’d been a player-manager for nearly a decade, after the 1950 season. He signed with Boston, and became the team’s manager in the 1952 season. He only played 4 games in 1952, but he stayed on as manager for 2 more years after that. Because of this, he has a card in 1953 Bowman, and the company did include his final stat line on that card – 1953 was the first year Bowman included statistics on the back.
Was a “retro” card ever produced? Yes – Topps did actually create a Boudreau card as part of the 1991 Archives set, which reprinted the original 1953 Topps set and added some additional cards, including Boudreau with the Red Sox.
Apologies to: Charlie Keller, who did not have a 1953 card. Keller’s last card was 1951 Bowman. He did get a retrospective card from 1952 Topps in the 2010 Topps set honoring the Yankees 27 World Series victories, but nothing for 1953.