Saturday, May 2, 2009

1956 Topps #PR3 Elmer Valo

Elmer Valo was the Phillies' starting right fielder in 1956, hitting .289 in 90 games. Elmer is probably best known in Philadelphia for his long tenure with the Philadelphia Athletics, from 1940 to 1954. He missed the 1944 and 1945 seasons while serving his country in World War II.

Elmer finished his career with the Phillies in 1961, and served as a scout for the Phils from 1969 until 1982. The Phillies elected him to the Athletics' portion of their Wall of Fame in 1990.

Did You Know?: Elmer played on three franchises which relocated while he was on the team - the Philadelphia/Kansas City Athletics (1954/1955), the Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers (1957/1958), and the Washington Senators/Minnesota Twins (1960/1961).

(From the Baseball Reference Bullpen).


Jim said...

Random information on Bob Trice: Pitched in 22 total games for the 1953 and 1954 Philadelphia A's. Appeared in 2 Topps sets - 1954 (#148) and 1955 (#132).

Pop-Pop said...

Interesting...I was 10 or 11 and I clearly remember home dugout on 3rd base side