Friday, September 11, 2009
Cool Old Card of the Week
This is Marv's 1959 Topps card #243.
Marvin Edward Grissom (March 31, 1918 - September 18, 2005) was an American pitcher in Major League Baseball for the New York & San Francisco Giants (1946 and 1953-58), Detroit Tigers (1949), Chicago White Sox (1952), Boston Red Sox (1953) and St. Louis Cardinals (1959). He was born in Los Molinos, California.
He helped the Giants win the 1954 World Series. In that season he was named to the National League All-Star team and finished 24th in voting for NL MVP Award after having a 10-7 win-loss record in 56 games (3 started including 1 complete game, a shutout), 19 saves, 122 ⅓ innings pitched, 64 strikeouts and a 2.35 earned run average.
In 10 seasons he had a 47-45 record, 356 games (52 started), 12 complete games, 3 shutouts, 58 saves, 810 innings pitched, 343 walks, 459 strikeouts and a 3.41 ERA. After his active playing career, Grissom had a 15-year-long tenure as a pitching coach for the Los Angeles/California Angels (1961-66; 1969; 1977-78), White Sox (1967-68), Minnesota Twins (1970-71) and Chicago Cubs (1975-76).
He died in Red Bluff, California, at the age of 87. Grissom's elder brother, Lee, was a left-handed pitcher for four MLB teams between 1934-41.