Thursday, July 26, 2012

HAPPY BIRTHDAY NORM SIEBERN

For July 26th, a post of two great photos....

Here's a wedding photo, from October of 1958....


And going back two years, Norm in his rookie season with the Yankees, 1956!


Monday, June 4, 2012

PHOTO NOSTALGIA - 1959 Yankees

Odd photo...it looks like Norm's being sent to the showers. Actually, he's not alone, it's just the AP captured him being first or last heading toward the locker room.

The caption: "Yankee left fielder Norm Siebern, drooping after he and his teammates were put in the Amerian League cellar by Detroit here 5/20, walks to dressing room after the game. The Tigers did the damage to the tune of 13-6."


Saturday, June 2, 2012

Norm Siebern: an eBay MVP

Most Valuable Player status...goes to NORM SIEBERN, when it comes to eBay sales.

Last month (May, 2012) among the memorabilia items sold related to Norm...a Giants baseball card for $25 and a signed Orioles card for $40.

Considering what the prices are for some other players from the same era, this is Steinbrenner money!



The Norm Siebern Blog is....

....this blog is an Internet tribute site for NORM SIEBERN. Fans are welcome to post comments. It's affiliated with the Facebook page on Norm, but is a little easier for people to view, and you don't have to be a member of Facebook to see it!

BASIC BIOGRAPHY


NORM SIEBERN (b July 26, 1933) might be best known as the key player in the New York Yankees trade with Kansas City for Roger Maris.

While Maris had a memorable, historic year for the Yankees in 1961, hitting 61 home runs, Siebern became one of the stars of the Kansas City Athletics. In 1961, he drove in 98 run for Kansas City, a tremendous feat considering how bad that team was. In 1962 he hit .308 with 25 home runs and 110 walks.

He was chosen as an All-Star three years in a row (1962-64).

Born in St. Louis, Siebern excelled at a variety of sports, including basketball (he was 6'3"). A star athlete at Wellston High, he was also the managing editor of the school newspaper. He and eventual Yankee teammate Jerry Lumpe were basketball stars at Southwest Missouri State Teachers College (today, simply Missouri State University). He ultimately got his break with the Yankees as a promising 23 year-old rookie in 1956.

After more fine-tuning in the minors (for manager Ralph Houk, who would later become a Yankees manager), Norm became a regular in 1958 and delighted fans with a .300 average. Norm's good luck ended in game four of the 1958 World Series. Playing in difficult left field at Yankee Stadium where the sun glared brightly, Norm missed two fly balls, and some sportswriters turned on him. This was ironic considering that same year he was a Gold Glove winner. Casey Stengel defended his young player, but didn't use him much in 1959, and Norm ended up part of that Maris trade.

The trade was a big one. On December 11, 1959, the Yankees gave up Norm, Marv Throneberry, and older players Don Larsen and Hank Bauer to Kansas City for Roger Maris, Joe DeMaestri, and Kent Hadley. The only players who had strong seasons after the trade were Siebern and Maris. The aging Bauer actually became Siebern's manager at Kansas City in 1963.

The trade brought him a new position to play (first base). Norm had a good eye at the plate (he led the American league in walks in 1964) and handled first base with great skill. When Hank Bauer became manager at Baltimore, he brought Norm over in a straight trade for Orioles first baseman Jim Gentile. When Boog Powell joined the club, Norm was sent to the California Angels. He finished out his playing days with the Red Sox, in a career that spanned a dozen years.

Norm and his wife lived in Missouri throughout his playing days and his early life after baseball, raising three daughters. He stayed in baseball for a while as a scout for the Atlanta Braves and later the Kansas City Royals. He moved to Florida where he became successful in the insurance business. He sold his agency and retired in 2000. Still a fan favorite, he's made appearances at memorabilia shows and Old Timers Day festivities.