Wednesday, December 21, 2011

December 2011 Card Show #3

1954 Topps #68 Sammy Calderone/ 1953 Topps #197 Del Crandall

  It ain't easy playing second fiddle to a man who is an eight-time All-Star and four-time Gold Glove winner, as was Crandall. Having been traded from the New York Giants to the Milwaukee Braves (along with Bobby Thomson) in February of 1954, Sam Calderone found himself in that very position. As a Giant, he had appeared in 69 games over two seasons (1950 & 1953-missing the '51 and '52 seasons while serving in the military),while logging in only 141 at-bats. His stay with the Braves would be for only one season, as he would spend the next four seasons in the minors, never returning to the Majors.
  Two of Calderone's career highlights: (defensive)- he started both games of an Opening Day doubleheader for the Portland Beavers, catching all 26 innings (the first game went 9 innings, the second went 17 innings).  (Offensively)- His only major league home run came during the second game of a double header on August 17, 1950. Oh, yeah, it just so happened to be an inside-the-park home run, and it came two innings before Dodger great Pee Wee Reese hit his inside-the-park homer.

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