Major League Baseball Player. He played Major League baseball as a 1st Baseman for seventeen seasons (1950 to 1966) with the Cincinnati Reds, Milwaukee Braves, Cleveland Indians, and Los Angeles/California Angels. He arrived in the Major Leagues with the Reds, and split time at first base with established slugger Ted Kluszewski during the 1950 season. The next year he switch to the outfield to allow Klusweski to play every day, and played that position for the next two years. He was then traded to the Braves in February 1953, and went on to become an established star and home run threat with a Milwaukee team that featured future Hall of Famers Henry Aaron and Eddie Mathews. Switched back to first base, he had ten productive seasons, hitting over 25 home runs (topping with a career best 38 in 1956) and hitting over 100 Runs Batted In twice (reaching 108 in 1961). He was an integral part of the National League Pennant winning Braves teams in 1957 and 1958, and played a major role in their subsequent World Series appearances those years. In 1957 the Braves met the New York Yankees, and defeated the reigning World Champions 4 Games to 3. He hit only .200 in the Series, but Joe Adcock won Game 5 for Milwaukee when knocked in Eddie Mathews in the 6th inning for the game's only run. In the 1958 Series, his Braves again met the Yankees, this time losing 4 Games to 3. However, he fared better in this Series, hitting .308. He was named as the National League's starting first baseman in the two 1960 All-Star teams, and played one more year with the Braves before he was sent to the Indians. After a single season with Cleveland, he was traded to the Angels, where he spent his last three years before retiring. He managed the Indians in 1967. He ended with career totals of 1,959 Games Played, 1,832 Hits, 336 Home Runs, 1,122 Runs Batted In and a career .277 Batting Average. Twice in his career he was involved in notable accomplishments. On July 31, 1954 in a 15-7 win against the Brooklyn Dodgers at Ebbetts Field, he smashed 4 Home Runs and a double, making him one of only 15 players to date to hit that many home runs in a single game. His 18 total bases also set a record that stood until 2002. On May 26, 1959 he hit a home run that ended Pittsburgh Pirate pitcher Harvey Haddix's epic 12 inning perfect game.
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