Monday, August 9, 2010

Granny Goes Ape

Granville Wilbur Hamner, "Granny" to the baseball world, spent most of his 17-year career with the Phillies, splitting '59 with Philly and Cleveland, then popping up for three games with the '62 version of the KC Athletics before calling it quits.

I remember a post on a Phillies bb card blog where the blogger stated that if your biggest bat is named "Granny" you are in deep. Phills lost to Empire's team, the Yanks, 4-0 but your Granny was a MONSTER, going 6-14 with a 1.181 OPS. Sadly he only scored 1 R and had 0 RBIs.
This '58 Granville (sounds like a car with fins and whitewalls, doesn't it?) is courtesy of Daddy D. Granny was a respectable 5'10" but that can of chew (or whatever it is) makes him look like an escaped Oompah Loompah about to do some serious damage with that bat. 
And no kidding, Granny WAS something of a pitcher. Too bad the '58 design leaves no space for the pitching stats, but it's worth mentioning that his stint with the A's was exclusively as a pitcher. Kind of a reverse Ankiel. 

Thanks for the card Daddy D.

Have a good one everybody and goodnight Pumpsie Green, wherever you are!

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