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Marty Marion Marty Marion
Shortstop, Right-handed; St. Louis Cardinals 1940-1951; Player Coach and Manager St. Louis Browns 1952-1953.

Marty Marion was the top fielding shortstop during the 1940s. His nicknames of 'Octopus' and 'Slats' fitted his long legs and arms, - 6'2, 170lbs. Marion was noted for his ability to scoop-up ground balls hit deep into the hole and for his rapid throwing arm nailing opposing batters.

Marion became a regular with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1940 and his outstanding play helped the Red Birds win the pennant in 1942. Marty led the NL with 38 Doubles.

In his peak years 1942 to 1949, the Cardinals won three World Series and lost one. Marion was named to seven straight All-Star games including a starter five times.

In 1944, Marty Marion was named the NL Most Valuable Player and led the league in leading fielding percentage, he only hit .267 with 26 doubles but was the team leader for bringing the pennant to the Cardinals.

As a child, Marty fell into a 20-foot pit and spent better than six months in a body cast, his right leg was severely injured giving him a trick knee which kept him out of World War II and shorted his major league career. Marty Marion served as a playing coach for the St. Louis Browns in 1952 and 1953. He collected 1448 career hits and had a lifetime batting average of .263. baseballhistorian.com




Catcher Del Rice Catcher Del Rice
Catcher, Right-handed; St. Louis Cardinals 1945-1955; Milwaukee Braves 1956-1959; Chicago Cubs 1960; Los Angeles Dodgers 1961

Del Rice was the St. Louis Cardinals catcher for 11 years. His batting average was never too high but he ranked as a fine defensive catcher. In 1950 his .992 fielding pct was second best in the league and Rice's .987 career mark ranks with the best of catchers. In 1951 playing in 122 games, he hit .251, 9 homers and 47 RBI's. His best batting year was 1952, Rice caught 147 games, pounded 27 doubles, 11 home runs and drove in 65 runs.

Del Rice was traded to the Milwaukee Braves in 1956 and was used as a backup catcher to Del Crandall during the next four seasons. Del Rice was a good contact hitter and fanned only 522 times in 3826 at bats spanning 17 years. Del Rice career: .237 BA, 1309 games, 177 doubles and 79 home runs.



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Joe Torre Joe Torre
Catcher, 3B, 1B, Right-handed; Milwaukee Braves 1960-1965; Atlanta Braves 1966-68; St. Louis Cardinals 1968-74; New York Mets 1975-77

Hard hitting Joe Torre started his career as a catcher for the Milwaukee Braves in 1961. Torre hit .321 in 1964, slugged 36 doubles, 20 homers with 109 RBI's.

The Braves moved to Atlanta and in his first year in the new ballpark, Torre hit a career high 36 home runs. He won a Gold Glove in 1965 and was selected for nine All-Star teams. Torre was traded to the St. Louis Cardinals in 1969 and the next year hit .325, 21 HRs, 100 RBIs.

In 1971, he was the NL's Most Valuable Player and led the majors with a .363 BA, 230 hits, 137 RBI's. He retired in 1977, and since then managed the Mets, Braves, Cardinals and is currently the Yankees' manager.

Joe Torre stats: .297 BA, 2342 hits, 344 Ds, 252 HRs in 2209 games.




Bob Allison Bob Allison
Right-fielder, OF, 1B, Righthanded; Washington Senators 1958-1960; Minnesota Twins 1961-1970; Born 7/11/1934; Raytown, Missouri

Minnesota Twins' star right-fielder Bob Allison hit 30 or more homers three times and 20 or more in eight different seasons. A gifted all-around athletic, Allison, 6'4" 220 lbs, was a star baseball and football player at the University of Missouri.

In 1959, his rookie season, Allison hit 30 home runs, led the American League in triples (9), was named to the All-Star team and was honored by being voted the Rookie of the Year.

When the Washington Senators moved to Minnesota in 1961, Allison became a local hero and along with teammate Harmon Killebrew made one of the best one-two punches in baseball.

In 1963, Allison slugged 25 doubles, 35 home runs, 91 RBI's and led the AL in runs scored with 99. On May 17, 1963, he hit three homers in a single game. Like all power hitters, Allison struck out a lot and his strike outs to at bats ratio was one for every 4.87 at bats, placing him high among the leaders in that dubious category. Allison's competitive attitude was praised by teammates and opponents alike. His strong arm rated as one of the best in the AL during the 1960's.

Bob Allison's diving catch off the bat of Dodgers Jim Lefebve in the 2nd game of the 1965 World Series has been called, 'the best catch in Twins' history.

Bob Allison's career: .255 BA, 255 D's, 53 T's, 256 HR's, 811 R's, 796 RBI's, .360 on base pct, ,471 slg/pct, 84 stolen bases. baseballhistorian.com archives



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Tommy John Tommy John
Pitcher Left-handed, Cleveland Indians 1963-64; Chicago White Sox 1965-71; Los Angeles Dodgers 1972-78; New York Yankees 1979-82, 1986-89; California Angels 1983-85

Tommy John was a big name pitcher during the '60s, '70's and '80's. His fastball had a natural side-to-side movement. He also threw a curve ball, which he changed speeds on continually. Tommy John won 288 lifetime games and hurled 46 shutouts. He pitched a since broken record of 26 years in the major leagues.

In 1965, he was 14-7 for the Chicago White Sox, made the American League's All-Star team in 1968 with a 1.98 ERA.

He was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1971 and became one of baseball's brightest stars. In 1967, Tommy John went 20-7 2.78 ERA for the Dodgers.

Pitching for the New York Yankees in 1979, John was 21-9, .700 pct along with a 2.96 ERA. Tommy John's career: 288-231, 3.34 ERA, 760G, 700GS, 162GC, pitched 46 shutouts, allowed 4,783 hits in 4,710 innings.




Wayne Terwilliger Wayne Terwilliger
Second Baseman, RH; Chicago Cubs 1949-1951; Washington Senators 1953-54; New York Giants 1955-56; Kansas City A's 1959-60

A slick fielding, top-of-the-line second baseman, Wayne Terwilliger 5' 11", 164 lbs, broke in with the Chicago Cubs in 1949, continued to improve and played his position skillfully. An intelligent fielder, 'Twig" played the batters, setting himself up to field ground balls. In 1950 he handled 718 chances for a high .967 fielding percentage. Terwilliger was a highly popular player and always found time for his many fans, signing autographs and talking general baseball stuff.

His batting average was not too high but his career on-base-pct was a fine .323. In 1950, Terwilliger hit .242, 22 doubles, 3 triples and hit a career high 10 home runs, giving the Cubs six hitters in double figures for HR's. His 13 stolen bases led the Cubs' team. Playing for the Washington Senators in 1953, Wayne Terwilliger hit .252, with 62 runs scored and used his speed to hit 24 doubles, his on-base-pct was .343.

He was traded to the New York Giants in 1955 and from then-on used for his fielding genius - playing about 80 games a year. He played for the expansion Kansas City A's his last season.

Terwilliger has been a minor coach and manager and excels at handling young ballplayers. Wayne Terwilliger career: .240, 93 doubles, 10 triples, 22 homers, 271 runs scored, 2091 at bats in 666 games. Terwilliger rates high on baseball fans' list for his pleasing, nice guy personality. Baseball Historian



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1943-1957 Eddie Miksis 1943-1957 Eddie Miksis
2nd Base, SS - RH; Brooklyn Dodgers 1944-1951; Chicago Cubs 1951-1956; St. Louis Cardinals 1957

Eddie Miksis joined the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1944 and was mainly a quality fielding utility infielder, averaging around 55 games per/year for his first seven years in the majors. He did play in 86 games for the Dodgers in 1948 but hit only .213. Miksis was shipped to the Cubs in June of 1951, played regularly, sparkled defensively at 2nd base, his hitting improved and in 1953 he batted .251, scored 61 runs, lined 17 two base hits, 6 triples , hit 8 homers and stole 13 bases. He saw limited action in 1954 due to injuries. In 1955, Miksis played in 131 games and hit 9 homers. He was traded to the St. Louis Cardinals in 1957 and again was used mainly as a utility infielder. Eddie Miksis career numbers: .236 BA, 722 hits in 3,053 at bats, 95 doubles and 44 home runs. Baseball Historian




 


'Total Baseball Rankings' - 3rd Basemen
Baseball History -

Kenny Boyer, winner of the first four National League's Gold Glove Awards at third base, starred with the St. Louis Cardinals from 1955-1965. He won the NL's Most Valuable Player Award in 1964 when the Cardinals won their first World Title in two decades. Boyer earned six straight All-Star selections and tied a NL record by leading the league in double plays five times.

'Total Baseball' a system of rankings that uses linear weights for offensive and defensive play, rates Ken Boyer just behind Hall of Famer Pie Traynor and just ahead of Hall of Famer Brooks Robinson as the top three third basemen of all-time. And yet, Ken Boyer received more than 100 Hall of Fame votes only once, in 1988. Ken Boyer passed away from lung cancer in September, 1982 at the age of 51. The St. Louis Cardinals retired his uniform number 14 in 1984. Baseballhistorian.com



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