Here’s a thread that hasn’t been visited in a while, the ongoing “1976 Project” for reader Jim and his pursuit of the complete 1975 representation of players and who they played for.
So today we spotlight former Chicago Cubs all-star shortstop Don
Kessinger, who actually appeared in the 1976 Topps set as a St. Louis
Cardinal player with a classic airbrush job since he was was traded to
them in October of 1975:
Jim had me create a Cubs version for Kessinger since he played the
entire ‘75 season with them, his last of 12 campaigns that saw him get
named to six all-star teams along with two Gold Gloves.
Though still a relatively young 33 years old by the time 1976 opened up,
Kessinger’s days as a player were winding down, seeing him play a
season and a half in St. Louis before moving back to Chicago, this time
for the South Side White Sox, where he would become player manager in
It wasn’t exactly a successful tenure, as the Pale Hose went 46-60 under
his reign before the organization gave the job to a guy who would see
some success as a Major League manager: Tony LaRussa.
As for Kessinger, he retired with a very nice Major League resume that
sported a 16-year career with the aforementioned all-star nods and Gold
Gloves, batting .252 with 1931 hits over 7651 at-bats in 2078 games.