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Rudy York


The short bio from the Helmar-R319 card back: “Rudy” was known as “the man without a position,” because established star “Hank” Greenberg held down first base, “Rudy’s” best fielding slot. In 1937, the Tigers tried “Rudy” at third, and that led to poor play in the field and at bat. The Tigers send “Rudy” down to Toledo for a spell. Three Tiger catchers succumbed to injury and “Rudy” was installed behind the plate on August 4th, and by the end of August, broke “Babe” Ruth’s record of 17 home runs in a month, finishing with 18, and 49 RBIs, also a record for a calendar month of baseball. So “Rudy” is in the majors to stay.


Birth Date: August 17, 1913
Birth Location: Ragland, AL
Death Date: February 5, 1970
Death Location: Rome GA, USA
Weight: 209 lb
Height: 6 ft 1 in
Bats: R
Throws: R
Debut Date: August 22, 1934
Final Game Date: September 20, 1948
Years Played: 14
Games Played: 1,603
At Bats: 5,891
Runs: 876
Hits: 1,621
Doubles: 291
Triples: 52
Home Runs: 277
RBIs: 1,152
Stolen Bases: 38
Base on Balls: 792
Batting Average: 0.275
Position: First Baseman

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