Nov. 24, 1911 Carteret Middlesex County New Jersey, USA
Mar. 21, 1975 Saint Petersburg Pinellas County Florida, USA
Hall of Fame Major League Baseball Player. Nicknamed ‘Muscles' or ‘Ducky', for seventeen seasons (1932 to 1948), he played at the outfielder (primarily left-fielder position) with the St. Louis Cardinals, Brooklyn Dodgers, New York Giants and Boston Braves. Born Joseph Michael Medwick, he was raised in New Jersey where he attended Carteret High School and marked his Major League debut with the Cardinals on September 2, 1932, following two distinguished years in the Texas League. He appeared in 26 games during the 1932 season, recording a .349 batting average, and by 1934 he was a significant contributor to the Cardinals' squad referred to as the ‘Gas House Gang' which captured the World Series title in 1934. In 1937, he led the league in home runs (34), RBIs (154) and batting average (.374) earning him the Triple Crown. To date he is the last player from the National League to accomplish this. Medwick experienced a second National League Pennant while with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1941. In 1,984 regular season games, he amassed 2,471 hits with 540 doubles, 1,383 RBIs and a .324 lifetime batting average. In 12 World Series contests, he recorded 15 hits, with a .326 batting average. Medwick was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1968. (bio by: C.S.)
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"He was the meanest, roughest guy you could imagine. He just stood up there and whaled everything within reach. Doubles, triples, home runs; he sprayed 'em all over every park." Leo Durocher -
Holly Burke Added: Apr. 15, 2016
In your memory, Joe. Rest always in eternal peace. -
sjm Added: Mar. 21, 2016