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  • Solly Hemus

    Solly Hemus, a Cardinals infielder for most of the 1950s and the team's manager between 1959 and 1961 has passes away at age 94. H was a Cardinal from 1949 to 1955 and returned as a player-manger for St. louis in 1959 and was a non-playing manager for them in '60 & '61. The lefty batter was a good hitter batting hit .273 lifetime in just under 1,000 MLB games.and although he was a utility player through most of his 11 year career, at his peak he enjoyed three seasons as the Redbirds regular shortstop 1951-1953, where he hit .281, .268 and .279.. He led the NL in runs scored in 1952 with 105 R and he also led the NL three times in Hit By Pitcher (HBP)- twice as a Carinal and once as a Phillie. Hemus hit 15 and 14 home runs in his two best seasons and hit .a career high 304 as a reserve in 1954 in 214 at-bats..

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    Bob Gibson said when Hemus was manager he would tell him that he didn't need to be in the pitcher's meetings. Hemus didn't think a black man could understand strategy.


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