Hank Bauer played professional baseball from 1948 to 1961, combining his time with the New York Yankees and the Kansas City Athletics. He began his career and experienced most of his professional baseball highlights with the Yankees. During his time in New York, Hank Bauer won seven World Series championships, even leading the Yankees to win in the 1951 World Series against the New York Giants by hitting a triple that brought in the winning runs. Hank had a no-nonsense attitude both off and on the field. He expected his teammates to represent baseball well and not engage in behaviors that would affect the team. Bauer spent a few years serving in World War II, which some speculate is the reason he wasn’t able to hone his hitting and fielding skills more and become a prolific player. Between 1956 and 1958 Hank Bauer completed a World Series hitting streak of 17 games in a row. He set the triples record of the year for the American League in 1957. Bauer’s overall stats include being a three-time All-Star player, winning the World Series eight times, and playing a total of 1,544 games with a .277 batting average, 703 runs batted in, and 164 home runs. After retiring from baseball, Hank Bauer went on to coach and manage for the Kansas City Athletics and then the Baltimore Orioles. Bauer led the Orioles to become World Series champions during the 1966 season, the team’s first World Series win. He was never inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame, but he still performed great hits and catches that made him a household name with Yankees fans. In 1950 Bowman Gum Company was the leader in baseball card manufacturing. The company produced 200 million cards in 1950, the last year it would lead the industry before Topps became a main competitor. The 1950 set had 252 cards in total. The pictures are actually hand-painted reproductions of the player photos rather than tinted photographs. Bowman card number 219 is Hank Bauer’s rookie card and one of the more notable cards for this set. He’s wearing his Yankees cap and uniform, and it’s a simple head shot drawing of Bauer. Some of the 1950 Bowman set have copyright notices on the bottoms of the cards. Unlike other baseball card decks, this set printed less of the lower numbers and more of the higher numbers, making it harder to find lower numbered collectors cards. The back of the card includes Bauer’s statistics and a short biographical blurb. Although Bowman stopped printing baseball cards in 1955, the Hank Bauer card is a vintage collector’s item that showcases the time in history when companies painted baseball cards rather than including actual photographs.