#443 Chuck Dressen
Trivia question: There’s no trivia question on the manager cards
A few things about Chuck Dressen:
* Dressen is the second-oldest person depicted on a 1964 Topps card. Dressen was born September 20, 1898, making him 65 during the 1964 season. Only Mets manager Casey Stengel (who was born in 1890) was older among those who have a 1964 card.
* He’s mostly known as being the manager for the Brooklyn Dodgers during the “Boys of Summer” days of the early 1950s. He managed the Dodgers during the infamous 1951 season, when the Giants came from 12-1/2 games behind in August to edge the Dodgers in a tiebreaker on the “Shot Heard ‘Round the World.” He won consecutive pennants with the Dodgers in 1952 and ’53, but lost the World Series to the Yankees both years. He was managing the dismal Washington Senators when the Dodgers finally won the championship in 1955.
* Dressen wasn’t much of a player, but he did play in seven seasons with the Reds, mostly as a third baseman. He didn’t debut until 1925, when he was 26 years old. He immediately became a manager in the minor leagues after his playing career ended, but ended up signing to play off the bench for the Giants late in the 1933 season. Dressen took on a coach-like role and won a title with New York despite not playing in the World Series.
* He played quarterback in the NFL for three seasons, one with the Decatur Staleys and two for the Racine Legion.
* Dressen was hired to manage the Tigers in the middle of the 1963 season. He suffered a heart attack in spring of 1965 and missed the first 42 games of the season. He then had another heart attack early in the 1966 season, and never fully recovered, dying in August 1966 at the age of 67.