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 Bob Hazle

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Bob Hazle

  • Birth 9 Dec 1930 Laurens, Laurens County, South Carolina, USA
  • Death 25 Apr 1992 Columbia, Richland County, South Carolina, USA
  • Burial Columbia, Richland County, South Carolina, USA
  • Memorial ID 13623684

Major League Baseball Player. He got his nickname after Hurricane Hazel that caused wide-spread damage in 1953. He blew away National League pitchers upon his arrival in Milwaukee in July 1957 that helped the Braves win the pennant. The left-handed hitter batted .403 with 12 doubles, seven homers and 27 runs batted in after being called up from Wichita of the American Association after center fielder Billy Bruton was injured. On Aug. 27, he pounded two two-run homers as the Braves beat the Phillies 7-3. He broke up a no-hit bid by Johnny Klippstein of Cincinnati with an eighth-inning single on September 27, 1957. Hazle hit .154 (2 for 13) in the World Series victory over the New York Yankees. He faded quickly, hitting .179 (10 for 56) for the Braves in 1958 and was sold to the Detroit Tigers on May 24, 1958. He began his career in the Cincinnati system and led the Southern Association with 29 homers and 114 runs scored in 1955 while playing for Nashville. He appeared in six games for the Reds that year, hitting .231 (3 for 13). He was traded with pitcher Corky Valentine to the Braves on April 10, 1956 for first baseman George Crowe. Milwaukee sent him to Wichita and he hit .285 with 13 homers in 1956. He was batting .279 when he got his callup. His three-year totals were .310 with nine homers and 37 RBIs.

Bio by: Ron Coons

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  • Originally Created by: Ron Coons
  • Added: 15 Mar 2006
  • Find A Grave Memorial 13623684
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Bob Hazle (9 Dec 1930–25 Apr 1992), Find A Grave Memorial no. 13623684, citing Crescent Hill Memorial Gardens and Mausoleum, Columbia, Richland County, South Carolina, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .