Thursday, January 9, 2014

One and Done: Pre-1958

This is the ninth part of my running theme, unimaginatively dubbed 'One and Done'. Here, I focus on cards of Reds players who, whether it be their only year in the bigs or their only year with the club, found themselves on the Cincinnati roster for only one season, yet long enough to sneak onto a card donning the Cincinnati red. That was a very convoluted sentence that I am choosing not to edit.

Today we're going old-school. As you can imagine, if I set the range to 'Pre-1958', there are a ton of players to choose from. The issue is whether or not I have a card of these people. Turns out, I have nine, seven of which are legit (not modern-era throwbacks), which is plenty for a post. Here we go.

Mark Koenig. 12 year career with 5 teams. Member of the '27 Yankees Murderer's Row.
With the Reds: 1934, 661 PA in 151 games, 1 HR, 67 RBI, .272 BA.

Dick Sisler. 8 year career with 3 teams. All Star (1950). Son of Hall of Famer George Sisler. Brother of fellow Reds One-and-Doner Dave Sisler.
With the Reds: 1952, 30 PA in 11 games, 1 double, 1 triple, 4 RBI, .185 BA.

Frank Hiller. 7 year career with 4 teams.
With the Reds: 1952, 124.1 IP in 28 appearances including 15 starts, 50 K's, 4.63 ERA, 5-8 record.

Eddie Pellagrini. 8 year career with 5 teams. Coached Boston College for 30 years.
With the Reds: 1952, 108 PA in 46 games, 1 HR, 3 RBI, .170 BA.

Gerry Staley. 15 year career with 6 teams. 3x All Star (1952, 1953, 1960). Soul-piercing glare.
With the Reds: 1955, 119.2 IP in 30 appearances including 18 starts, 40 K's, 4.66 ERA, 5-8 record.

Rudy Minarcin. 3 year career with 2 teams. Gracious enough to sign a TTM for yours truly a few months before his passing in October of 2013.
With the Reds: 115.2 IP in 41 appearances including 12 starts, 45 K's, 4.90 ERA, 5-9 record.

Warren Hacker. 12 year career with 4 teams. Uncle of major leaguer Rich Hacker.
With the Reds: 1957, 43.1 IP in 15 appearances including 6 starts, 18 K's, 5.19 ERA, 3-2 record.

Tommy Thevenow. 15 year career with 5 teams. Major league record 3,347 consecutive at-bats without a home run.
With the Reds: 1936, 337 PA in 106 games, 36 RBI, .234 BA.

"Bucketfoot" Al Simmons. 20 year career with 7 teams. Hall of Fame inductee, 1953. 8 seasons garnering MVP votes. Played in the first three All Star games (1933-1935). Lifetime .334 hitter, capping out at .390 in 1931. Had seasons leading league in one or more of PA, AB, R, H, RBI, TB, and BA. Ranked 36th greatest hitter of all-time.

With the Reds: 1939, 23 PA in 9 games, 3 hits, 1 RBI, .143 BA.

Go Reds.


  1. Nice selection of cards. What is that first one.

    1. it's off of a matchbook printed in 1934 by Diamond Match Co. I have two others

  2. Didn't recognize it cropped like that. I actually have a couple of Boston Braves ones