I was given these two cards by one of the instructors I work with. He brought in a large stack of 1950's Bowman that he's had since he was a kid. I put them in penny sleeves for him. He let me pick two that I liked. I picked the Enos Slaughter, because it was a double. The other Enos was in much better condition. (I felt guilty enough taking these). I picked the Westrum from a small stack of Giants. The NY Giants were my dad's favorite team when he was growing up and Westrum was the manager for the Mets between Casey and Gil. It seemed like the right card.
There weren't any big stars in the group, nor would I have taken those. There was a Pesky, a Doby, Antonelli.... I advised him to take the cards to a card shop here in town if he was interested in selling them. They could tell him what they might be worth. But, he's decided to keep them because he just found out he's going to be a grand-dad. I like that much better.
The cards are not in great shape. But, I like them because right now they are the oldest cards I possess and because of the way I obtained them. I always think of Joe when I look at them.
Anyway, I share this because like the Mets this blog is limping into the end of the season.