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Bll White Bll White
N.Y. & S.F. Giants 1956, U.S. Army 1957-1958; St. Louis Cardinals 1959-65 & 1969; Philadelphia Phillies 1966-1968

Bill White broke in with the New York Giants, spent almost two years in the U.S. Army and was traded to the St. Louis Cardinals where he became a 'Gold Glove' winning first baseman seven years in a row 1960-66.

In his first season with the Cardinals, Bill White made the NL All-Star Squad, the 1st of five times. In 1961, Bill White hit .286, 28 D, 11 T, 20 HR's and in a pair of double-headers ( July 17 & 18 ) he tied Ty Cobb's major league record by lining 14 hits in consecutive double-headers. He had four seasons when he drove in over 100 runs.

In 1966, he was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies where he won his final 'Gold Glove' and drove in over 100 runs. Bill White's lifetime batting was .286 in 1673 games, 278 D, 202 HR's and had over 800 each in runs scored and RBI's.

Two years after he retired he joined Phil Rizzuto in the Yankees broadcast booth and in 1988, Bill White became the NL President replacing Bart Giamatti. baseballhistorian.com archives




Bobby Richardson Bobby Richardson
Second Baseman, 3B, Right-handed; New York Yankees 1955-1966

An excellent fielder and a line drive hitter, Bobby Richardson was one of the most popular New York Yankees during the late-1950 and early-1960s. He won Gold Gloves five consecutive seasons (1961 thru 1965) and during that time led the American League in double plays four times and in putouts twice.

His 136 double plays in 1961 is one and the highest totals in baseball history.

A career .266 hitter, Richardson excelled in World Series' play. In the 1960 World Series, he lined 11 hits and drove in 12 runs, including a grand slam home run. In the 1961 World Series he batted .391, 9 hits in 23 at bats and in the 1964 WS, he batted .406 and set a record with 13 hits, 2 doubles and 9 singles.

His best batting season was 1962 when he hit .302, collected 209 hits, lined 38 doubles and scored 99 runs. Bobby Richardson career: .266 BA, 1,432 Hits in 5,386 at bats, 196 Ds, 37 Ts, 34 Hr, 643 Runs, 390 RBIs, 262 Walks, 243 strike outs.




High School Wonder - Johnny Antonelli High School Wonder - Johnny Antonelli
1950 Bowman Baseball Card #74 - Words on back of Card as follows:

Johnny Antonelli Born: Rochester N. Y. on April 12 1930

Boston Braves Pitcher Left-handed 6-ft, 1-inch; weight 180

Won 3 and lost 7 in 1949.

Nine major League scouts once came to see Johnny Antonelli pitch a high school game. He obliged by hurling a no-hitter and striking out 17 batters. In high school he pitched 3 no-hitters and 5 1-hitters, striking out 231 batters in 103 innings, giving up only 36 hits. Braves landed him with a big bonus. He joined them late in 1948.



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Chalk Board News - Babe Ruth All-Time Home Run King!
July 6, 1921 - Babe Ruth hit his 137th career home run today - and is the new King of Homers. Ruth has hit more home runs than any other major league baseball player. Ruth broke Roger Connor mark of 136 home runs. Connor played from 1880-1897.



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