Years ago, for reasons I do not remember, I went on a hunt for a decent Granny Hamner autograph to add to my collection. I am not sure what inspired me. His name? It’s fun! “Granny” makes you think he might be a little slow in the field…or have weak wrists…but “Hamner”? That sounds like a guy who hits lots of walk off home runs and slides into second with his spikes up. I don’t think it was hit name. Chances are I read about his someplace…he did play for both the Indians and A’s for a brief time (very brief…less that 100 at bats between the two organizations at the end of his career).
What I do know is that he was a fantastic player that I think many people have forgotten about.
Hamner was in the league from 1944 to 1959, and during his career would be selected to three All-Star teams and garner Top 31 MVP votes 6 times. He was also part of the 1950 “Whiz Kids” Phillies that played New York in the World Series. He was the rare (for the time) middle infielder with power and from 1950-1954 would average 14 HR/.734 OPS per season.
He won’t be selected to the Hall of Fame–though he was enshrined in the Virginia Sports HOF–but he had a very nice career.
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