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 Del Ennis

Del Ennis

Original Name Delmer
Birth
Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 8 Feb 1996 (aged 70)
Huntingdon Valley, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, USA
Burial Roslyn, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, USA
Plot Lawnview Section, Lot 102
Memorial ID 3614 · View Source
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Major League Baseball Player. He played Major League baseball as an outfielder for 14 seasons (1946 to 1959) with the Philadelphia Phillies, St. Louis Cardinals, Cincinnati Reds and Chicago White Sox. For 11 of those season, he was the power-hitting left field mainstay for the Phillies. A native Philadelphian, he served in the United States Navy during World War II, enlisting in 1943 and being discharged in 1946. A week after he was discharged he joined the Phillies, and made a big impact in his rookie year, batting .313, hitting 17 Home Runs, and knocking in 73 RBIs. He was named to the National League All-Star team, and garnered the "Sporting News" Rookie of the Year award (the official ML Baseball ROY Award wouldn't be instituted until a year later). Becoming a fixture in the Phillies lineup, his steady play and power hitting helped the 1950 "Whiz Kids" Phillies capture the NL Pennant - the team's first in 35 years. He led the National League in RBIs that year with 126, and set a Phillies record with 41 RBIs in the month of July. In the subsequent World Series against the New York Yankees, he hit only .143 as the Yankees swept Philadelphia for their 2nd of five straight Championships. His numbers slipped the next year, but he was again named to the NL All-Star team, starting the game in left field. Over the next 5 seasons he would not hit less than 20 Home Runs, and batted in less than 100 RBIs only once. In 1955 he was again named as a NL All-Star starter, and hit 3 Home Runs in a game on July 23. After the 1956 season, in an effort to rebuild the team with faster, younger players, the Phillies traded him to the Cardinals for outfielder Rip Repulski and infielder Bobby Morgan. In his first season with the Cardinals he continued his steady play, achieving another 20+ Home Run, 100+ RBI season (trailing only teammate Stan Musial for the NL League lead in Runs Batted In), but it would prove to be his last as an effective starting player. His production dropped off greatly in 1958, and he was traded to the Reds in a 6-player deal when the season was over. He played only in five Games for the Reds before being traded in May 1959 to the White Sox for outfielder Lou Skizas and pitcher Don Rudolph. He finished the year playing 26 games for Chicago, and hitting 7 Home Runs before retiring. His career totals were 1,903 Games Played, 2,063 Hits, 985 Runs, 288 Home Runs, 1,284 RBIs and a career .284 Batting Average. His 251 Home Runs hit while with the Phillies stands as the 3rd most by one player in the team's history, following only Ryan Howard and Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt. His career 1,124 RBIs stands as fourth most in Phillies history, behind Schmidt, Hall of Famer Ed Delahanty, and Howard. Thrice in his career Del Ennis broke up a no-hit game.

Bio by: Russ Dodge


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  • Added: 30 Sep 1998
  • Find A Grave Memorial 3614
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Del Ennis (8 Jun 1925–8 Feb 1996), Find A Grave Memorial no. 3614, citing Hillside Cemetery, Roslyn, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .