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Van Lingle Mungo


The short bio from the Helmar-R319 card back: For the first five years of Van Lingle Mungo’s career, he was a fireballer with the aim of a blind man. He led the league in walks in 1932, ’34. In ’36 he simultaneously led the league in walks and strikeouts. In the 1937 All-Star game, Van tore a muscle in his arm. Since then the fireballing has given way to junkballing. Van’s temperament has created a number of memorable run-ins. During one spring training in Cuba, he was smuggled out of the island nation rather than face the wrath of an irate, machete-wielding husband.

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