Tuesday, December 18, 2012

December 18

1955 Bowman #282 - Phil Cavarretta

On this day in 2010, Phil Cavarretta died.

Born in Chicago in 1916, Phil spent time with both baseball teams in the city. He spent his first twenty seasons with the Chicago Cubs, racking up 1,927 hits and a .292 batting average and was the 1945 National League MVP. He was the Cubs manager for his last three seasons with them. On September 28, 1953, after twenty seasons, the Cubs released Phil.

On May 24, 1954, the White Sox signed Cavarretta as a Free Agent. He played seventy-seven games for the South Siders, sporting a .309 average. Phil only played in six games during the 1955 season, after failing to get a hit in four plate appearances. His last game was on May 8, 1955 against the Detroit Tigers, pinch running for Walt Dropo in the bottom of the ninth inning, scoring on a Ron Jackson home run that tied the game. The Sox would win the game in the eleventh inning. They would also win the second game of the double header that day.

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