Thursday, February 9, 2012

February 9

1952 Topps #283 - Phil Masi

On this day in 1950, the Chicago White Sox purchased Phil Masi from the Pittsburgh Pirates.

A Chicago native, Phil ended his career with his hometown team. Masi spent 1950, 1951 and part of 1952 with the White Sox, all at the catcher position. His numbers started to dip in 1952 and he became a third string catcher behind Sherm Lollar and Bud Sheely that season. Darrell Johnson nearly surpassed Phil in catching appearances during his last season.

Masi's final two home runs came in back to back plate appearances (in the second and fourth innings) on June 24, 1951 off of Boston Red Sox pitcher Chuck Stobbs in Fenway Park.

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