Wednesday, November 28, 2012

1951 Topps Red Back #13 - Dale Mitchell

Dale Mitchell (b. 1921 - d. 1987) played in the majors from 1946 to 1956 for the Indians and Dodgers.  He had 1,244 hits, 41 home runs and a career batting average of .312.  He was quite the hitter during his brief career, hitting more than 200 hits in 2 seasons (204 - 1948 and 203 - 1949) and batting over .300 in 6 full seasons.  Mitchell was also extremely tough to strike out, he sits at 7th place all-time toughest to strike out with a 34 at bat to 1 strikeout ratio.  He had 640 at bats to 11 strikeouts in the 1949 season and never struck out more than 21 times in a season.  He was a 2-time All Star and finished as high as 20th in the AL MVP voting (1952).

Deceased: 11
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