Donald Frederick Mueller (April 14, 1927 – December 28, 2011) was a professional baseball player who played mainly as a right fielder in Major League Baseball for 12 seasons from 1948 until 1959. He batted left-handed and threw right-handed, and played for the New York Giants and the Chicago White Sox. He earned the nickname "Mandrake the Magician" for being adept at consistently putting the ball in play and delivering hits through the infield.
|Born: April 14, 1927|
St. Louis, Missouri
|Died: December 28, 2011 (aged 84)|
St. Louis, Missouri
|August 2, 1948, for the New York Giants|
|Last MLB appearance|
|May 2, 1959, for the Chicago White Sox|
|Runs batted in||520|
|Career highlights and awards|
Mueller was born in St. Louis, Missouri, on April 14, 1927. His father, Walter Mueller, was also a major leaguer who spent parts of four seasons during the 1920s with the Pittsburgh Pirates. The younger Mueller was signed as an amateur free agent out of Christian Brothers College High School by the Giants in 1944.
Mueller spent the first ten seasons of his major league career with the Giants, for whom he batted over .300 for three consecutive seasons (1953–1955) and led the National League (NL) in hits in 1954 with 212.
Mueller played a central, but painful, role in the famous October 3, 1951, playoff game that won the NL pennant for the Giants. With New York trailing the Brooklyn Dodgers, 4–1, in the ninth inning, Mueller singled Alvin Dark to third base. With one out, Whitey Lockman doubled to score Dark, but Mueller sprained his ankle sliding into third. He was replaced by a pinch-runner, Clint Hartung, and carried from the field just before Bobby Thomson's "Shot Heard 'Round the World" won the game and the pennant for the Giants. Mueller missed the 1951 World Series due to his injury.
In 1954, Mueller hit for the cycle on July 11, finished second to teammate Willie Mays in the NL batting race, and hit .389 in the World Series to help lead the Giants to a four-game sweep of the Cleveland Indians. In Game 1 of the Series, Mueller was playing right field when Mays made "The Catch" in center field.
Mueller finished his playing career with the White Sox, appearing in 70 games in 1958, and four games in 1959. He was released on May 15, 1959.
In 1,245 MLB games played (1,171 as a Giant) Mueller compiled 1,292 hits, including 139 doubles, 37 triples and 65 home runs. He had 520 RBIs, and a career batting average of .296 with an OPS of .712. While he never hit more than 16 home runs in a season, he hit five home runs in two days in September 1951.
Mueller briefly scouted for the San Francisco Giants after his playing career ended. His son Mark played in the minor leagues in the early 1970s. In his later years, Mueller lived in Maryland Heights, Missouri. He died on December 28, 2011, six months after his wife, Genevieve.
| Hitting for the cycle
July 11, 1954
The 1950 New York Giants season was the franchise's 68th season. The team finished in third place in the National League with an 86-68 record, 5 games behind the Philadelphia Phillies.1951 National League tie-breaker series
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This was the second three-game playoff in NL history. After no tiebreakers had been needed since the American League (AL) became a major league in 1901, this was the third such tie in the previous six seasons. The Dodgers had been involved in the previous one as well, losing to the St. Louis Cardinals during the 1946 season in two straight games. In addition to the 1946 series, the AL had a one-game playoff in 1948.
The Giants won game one, while the Dodgers came back to win game two. After trailing for most of game three, the Giants rallied to win the game and the series. Consequently, they advanced to the 1951 World Series, in which they were defeated by the New York Yankees. In baseball statistics, the tie-breaker series counted as the 155th, 156th, and 157th regular season games by both teams; all events in the games were added to regular season statistics.1951 New York Giants (MLB) season
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William Michael Taylor (December 30, 1929 – September 15, 2011) was a Major League Baseball player who played outfield for the New York Giants and Detroit Tigers.The Giants originally acquired the rights to Taylor from the minor league Oakland Oaks in a transaction during the 1950 season. Taylor was signed by the Giants on January 1, 1953. He spent most of the 1953 season with the Giants' AA-level minor league affiliate, the Nashville Volunteers. After posting a .350 batting average with 22 home runs in 107 games for Nashville, he was promoted to the Giants AAA affiliate, the Minneapolis Millers. He played 47 games for the Millers, batting .223 with 7 home runs.Taylor made his Major League debut for the Giants on April 14, 1954, pinch hitting for Mario Picone and striking out against Brooklyn Dodgers' pitcher Don Newcombe. For the season, he played in 55 games for the Giants, getting 12 hits in 65 at bats for a .185 batting average. He also hit 2 home runs, had 10 runs batted in and scored 4 runs as the Giants won the National League pennant and the 1954 World Series. He played nine games in the field without an error, seven in left field as Hall of Famer Monte Irvin's backup, and two in right field backing up Don Mueller. Although the Giants won the World Series in four games that season, Taylor did not see any playing time in the World Series.Taylor again spent the entire season with the Giants in 1955. He played in 65 games and had 17 hits in 64 at-bats for a .266 batting average, while hitting four home runs and a .516 slugging percentage. He played just 2 games in the field, both in right field. In 1956, he played most of the season back in the minors with the Millers, but did play in one game for the Giants, getting a double in four at-bats. In 1957 he again played most of the season with the Millers, but did play in 11 games for the Giants without a hit. Towards the end of the season, on September 14, he was sold to the Detroit Tigers, and played in nine games for the Tigers. 1957 was Taylor's final season in the Major Leagues, and he played eight games for the Tigers, getting 3 hits in 8 at-bats for a .375 batting average. He spent most of the 1958 season with the Tigers AAA affiliate, the Charleston Senators. He started the 1959 season with the Senators, but moved to the Buffalo Bisons in the Philadelphia Phillies organization during the season. He also played for the Bisons in 1960 and 1961.In his Major League career, Taylor played 149 games over five seasons and had 41 hits in 173 at-bats for a .237 batting average. He hit 7 home runs, and 26 runs batted in and 17 runs scored, a .264 on-base percentage and a .405 slugging percentage. Of his 149 Major League games, he only played in the field in 18, all in the outfield. As a fielder, he made 13 putouts with no assists and no errors, for a career fielding percentage of 1.000. He also played in 1261 minor league games between 1947 and 1961, with a .311 batting average and 186 home runs.Taylor also played for the Navegantes del Magallanes and Leones del Caracas of the Venezuelan Winter League. He set two records while playing with Magallanes in the 1953–1954 season, when he became the first player in the league's history to hit three home runs in a single game, and for setting a new season mark with 16 home runs.Taylor died on September 15, 2011 in Antelope Valley, California.Chuck Lindstrom
Charles William Lindstrom (born September 7, 1936 in Chicago, Illinois) is a former Major League Baseball catcher who played briefly for the Chicago White Sox during the 1958 season. He is also the son of Baseball Hall of Famer Freddie Lindstrom.
A catcher standing 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m), 175 pounds (79 kg), batting and throwing right-handed, Lindstrom was signed by the Chicago White Sox as an amateur free agent on June 17, 1957. Fifteen months later, he was in the Major Leagues, coming into the fifth inning of a game September 28, 1958 versus the Kansas City Athletics as a defensive replacement for Johnny Romano. The first pitch from pitcher Hal Trosky was fumbled by Lindstrom as a passed ball, but he settled down and did not make another error.In his first at bat in the bottom of the sixth inning, Lindstrom led off with a walk, scoring on a double by Don Mueller. Then, in the bottom of the seventh, he tripled, driving in Johnny Callison with another run. He was on deck for a third plate appearance when Sammy Esposito struck out looking to end the White Sox' last offensive inning in a game they won 11-4. This would be Lindstrom's only Major League game, as he was sent down to the minor leagues the following season, never returning to the Major Leagues.
Lindstrom is one of only four players to hit a triple in their one and only MLB at bat, the others being Eduardo Rodríguez (1973), Scott Munninghoff (1980), and Eric Cammack (2000). And with a triple, a walk, a run, and a run batted in during two plate appearances, Lindstrom had one of the best one-game careers in the history of baseball, along with John Paciorek.
Lindstrom retired shortly thereafter and went on to a successful 23-year coaching career with Lincoln College, highlighted by a 29-10 record in 1972 and five successive years of 20-win seasons starting with 1972.Heidi Mueller
Heidi Jo Mueller (born January 29, 1982) is an American actress. She portrayed the role of Kay Bennett in the NBC daytime soap opera Passions from 2003 until 2008.List of Major League Baseball career putouts as a right fielder leaders
In baseball statistics, a putout (denoted by PO or fly out when appropriate) is given to a defensive player who records an out by a tagging a runner with the ball when he is not touching a base (a tagout), catching a batted or thrown ball and tagging a base to put out a batter or runner (a force out), catching a thrown ball and tagging a base to record an out on an appeal play, catching a third strike (a strikeout), catching a batted ball on the fly (a flyout), or being positioned closest to a runner called out for interference.
A right fielder, abbreviated RF, is the outfielder in baseball or softball who plays defense in right field. Right field is the area of the outfield to the right of a person standing at home plate and facing towards the pitcher's mound. In the numbering system used to record defensive plays, the right fielder is assigned the number 9.
Paul Waner is the all-time leader in putouts by a right fielder with 4,740 career. Roberto Clemente (4,454), Dwight Evans (4,247), Hank Aaron (4,163), Tony Gwynn (4,052), Sammy Sosa (4,019), and Ichiro Suzuki (4,009) are the only other right fielders to record over 4,000 career putouts.Paul Martin (baseball)
Paul Charles Martin (March 9, 1932 – October 11, 2011) was an American professional baseball player. Martin was a 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m), 230 lb (100 kg) right-handed pitcher who appeared in seven Major League games for the 1955 Pittsburgh Pirates. He was born at Brownstown, Pennsylvania.
Martin was a 1950s bonus baby who joined the Pirates' MLB roster immediately after signing his first pro contract in 1955. In his debut, he hurled two scoreless innings in relief against that season's eventual world champions, the Brooklyn Dodgers. In his second appearance, on July 5, he started against the defending world champions, the New York Giants. But Martin walked Alvin Dark, Willie Mays and Dusty Rhodes and hit Don Mueller with a pitch in the first inning, failed to record an out, and was tagged with the loss, his only Major League decision.
Martin sustained a career-ending arm injury that season. After an August 16 outing as a reliever, he never pitched in another professional game.
In seven Major League innings, Martin gave up 11 earned runs and 13 hits. Plagued by wildness, he issued 17 bases on balls, with one wild pitch and one hit batsman, while striking out three.
Martin died in 2011 in San Diego, California, at the age of 79.Walter Mueller
Walter John Mueller (December 6, 1894 – August 16, 1971) was a professional baseball player who played outfield in the Major Leagues, for the Pittsburgh Pirates, from 1922 to 1926. He is best known for becoming the first player to hit a home run off the first pitch ever thrown to him in the major leagues.
Walter was also the father to Don Mueller, who also played in the major leagues, during in the 1940s and 1950s, as well as the brother of fellow major leaguer, Heinie Mueller.Whitey Lockman
Carroll Walter "Whitey" Lockman (July 25, 1926 – March 17, 2009) was a player, coach, manager and front office executive in American Major League Baseball.