1953 Topps #189 Ray Jablonski
Ray Jablonski was born in Chicago, Illinois on December 17, 1926. The Cardinals acquired Ray from the Boston Red Sox in the 1948 Minor League draft. Jablonski played for the Cardinals in 1953 and 1954, posting a .282 batting average while with the team, knocking in 261 runs, and scoring 144 runs. The Cardinals traded Ray along with Gerry Staley to the Cincinnati Redlegs in exchange for Frank Smith on December 8, 1954. Jablonski passed away on November 25, 1985 in Chicago, Illinois; less than a month shy of his 60th birthday.