Pee Wee Reese
- SS, 3B
- July 23, 1918
- 5' 10"
- 160 lbs
- Major League Debut:
- 4-23-1940 with BRO
- Allstar Selections:
- 1956 LG
- Hall of Fame:
Against all odds, Pee Wee Reese earned an opportunity to play professional baseball, start for the Dodgers, play in several World Series, and be enshrined in the Hall of Fame. He did the little things that helped his teams win: bunt the runner over, go from first to third on a base hit, or range into the hole for a grounder. He was the best shortstop in the National League in the late 1940s and into the 1950s.
Thirty years old when the season began, Reese was one of the best shortstops in baseball, and fastest. He stole 26 bases while also hitting 16 home runs. He led the NL with 132 runs scored. He drove in 73 and walked 116 times for a .396 OBP. He played every game of the schedule and led league shortstops in fielding. The Dodgers lost the World Series to the Yankees (of course), but Pee Wee led his club with a .316 batting average and six hits in the battle.
Pee Wee Reese finished in the top ten in NL MVP voting eight times. Phil Rizzuto did it just once, when he won the award in 1950.
The 1950 National League Pennant Race
On October 1, 1950 the Dodgers met the Phillies in the final game of the season. The Phils led Brooklyn by one game. With Don Newcombe on the mound facing Robin Roberts (making his third start in five days), the game went into extra-innings. Philadelphia won 4-1 on Dick Sisler’s dramatic homer off Newcombe in the top of the 10th inning. As a result, the Phils won their first pennant in 35 years. Brooklyn's only score came when Reese hit a high flyball into the screen over Ebbets Field's right field wall. The ball fell on top of the wall and bounced around long enough for Reese to leg out an inside-the-park home run.
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