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The Famous "Green Box"

What's a green box and why is it so famous? Well, just like a baseball dugout, that's where the stories are told. The "Green Box" appeared on the Baseball Historian web site during our inception back in 1999 and has been holding kangaroo court ever since. Enjoy the stories...

1951 - National League's Top Fielders
Archives National League 1951.

Pitcher, Sal Maglie, 1951 New York Giants - Maglie not only won 23 games in 1951, but he was the top fielding hurler of the NL. He accepted 76 chances without an error for a fielding percentage of 1.000.

3rd Base, Billy Johnson, 1951 St Louis Cardinals - Johnson took over the hot-corner skillfully and led all NL third basemen in fielding. His fielding percentage was .976 for 124 games.

Shortstop, Virgil Stallcup, 1951 Cincinnati Reds - Stallcup was the leading NL shortstop, handling 540 total chances with only 17 errors for a fielding percentage of .969.

2nd Base, Jackie Robinson, 1951 Brooklyn Dodgers - Robinson again showed why he was rated one of the best. For the 2nd year in-a-row he captured the NL's fielding honors. His .992 is a new National League record and he also broke the league's double play record (his own) by taking part in 137 last season.

1st Base, Ted Kluszewski, 1951 Cincinnati Reds - "Big Klu", the Reds hard-hitting first baseman, won the defensive title in 1951. His .997 was tops in the league. He committed only 5 errors in 1474 total chances.

Catcher, Wes Westrum, 1951 New York Giants - Wes Westrum was the NL's top fielding backstop for the 2nd straight year. His excellent 1951 fielding percentage, .987, was just under his .999 record in 1950.

Outfielder, Willard Marshall, 1951 Boston Braves - Marshall topped all NL outfielders with a perfect 1.000 tying a major league record. He handled 231 chances without a miscue while playing in 136 games.

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