i really do appreciate don bessent's 1959 topps card.
even his facsimile signature is interesting since he went by his middle name (donald), but signed using his first name (fred) for topps. to make things even better, the 1959 card is his final tribute, and luckily for us, topps was putting full career stats on the back in 1959.
out on the west coast in 1958, bessent became the first relief pitcher in los angeles dodger history when he relieved don drysdale in the los angeles dodgers' first game, which was played in san francisco on 4/15/58. later in the season, bessent was injured again, and he wound up spending the next three years back in the dodgers' minor league farm system. then, in 1962, he played his last year of minor league ball, splitting time between the indians' and orioles' organizations but did not make it back to the big leagues.