David Russell (GUS) Bell was born in Louisville, Ky. on Nov. 15, 1928. An outstanding Louisville high school player, Gus signed for a $750 bonus with the Pittsburgh organization in 1947. After three years in the minors, he came up to the Pirates in 1950.
Too devoted a family man even for Branch Rickey, Bell was sent to the minors for three weeks in 1952 for, among other things, "too much traveling with his family." He was traded to the Redlegs at the end of the season.
The Bells live in their own home in Cincinnati's suburban Mt. Airy. In the winter Gus works as a season-ticket salesman for the Redlegs. Married 6� years and father of three sons and two daughters, Bell was awarded the title, "Sports Father of the Year for 1956."
Theodore Bernard Kluszewski was born in Argo, Ill. on Sept. 10, 1924 (weight 14 pounds). He worked two years in a local refinery after graduation from high school before going to Indiana U. on a football scholarship. It was there, while spring training on the Indiana campus, that the Redlegs discovered Klu. Before signing with Cincinnati for a $15,000 bonus, Kluszewski starred as an end on the 1945 Big Ten championship Indiana football team. He spent two years in the minors before coming to the Redlegs in 1948.
The strongest man in baseball, Kluszewski is one of the most easygoing as well. He is a light sleeper, a heavy reader of fiction and a big eater. Married 10� years and childless, the Kluszewskis live the year round in Cincinnati.
Walter Charles Post was born in the small crossroads town of St. Wendelin, Ohio on July 9, 1929. He grew up on his father's 160-acre farm and starred as a basketball and baseball player in high school. At 16, in 1945, Wally signed to play summer pro ball for a $500 bonus. Starting out as a minor league pitcher (26-19 for four seasons), Post was converted into an outfielder in 1948. He received four different trials with the Redlegs before sticking for good in 1954.
One of nine children himself, Wally has been married 7� years and has three daughters and one son. The Posts spend the off season in their modern split-level home on the outskirts of St. Henry, Ohio, where Wally works in his father-in-law's tomato cannery. Post's ambition: "To have my own farm."