Friday, July 13, 2012
On this day in 1949, the White Sox purchased catcher Eddie Malone from the Chicago Cubs' AAA affiliate Los Angeles Angels.
Eddie batted a respectable .271 for the Sox in 1949, alternating games with Don Wheeler and Joe Tipton. He stayed with the ChiSox in 1950, when he backed up Phil Masi, but only hit .225 before he was purchased by the New York Yankees. Malone was a PCL star, but only appeared with the White Sox in parts of two seasons in the majors.
Did you ever wonder what the "M" stood for in Mickey Mantle's Louisville Slugger M110 bat? That "M" did not stand for Mantle. It stood for Malone. Eddie was the 110th player whose last name started with M to design a bat for the company and when Mantle chose that bat, it's popularity skyrocketed. It still remains a popular model to this day. Away from baseball, Malone served in the Navy during World War II and owned a car dealership after his playing career. He died at age 85, after a long battle with a respiratory illness, according to his family.