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Elmer Valo

August 27, 2008

by William Szczepanek

Topps1956-003 Elmer ValoJust Plain Fantastic! This baseball card of Elmer Valo (Topps 1956 #3) displays his fielding ability in good fashion.  In 1948, before nearly 70,000 fans at Yankee Stadium, Valo broke several ribs leaping over the right field wall to rob Yogi Berra of a certain home run and then fell back onto the field unconscious. Without telling anyone he taped his ribs so he could continue to play since the A’s were contenders for first place. Valo set the major league pinch hitting season records for games, walks and times on base in 1960. He also set a career record with 91 walks as a pinch-hitter.  His career lasted 20 years with a lifetime batting average of .282.

You can check out Valo's stats at Baseball-Reference.com.

 

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