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CLUBHOUSE
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Jimmy Palermo, during a historic 7-day span in May, 1939, saw the meteoric rise of Williams and tragic decline of Gehrig.

THE GAME'S
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The field seemed vast to a 7-year old who had looked forward to this day for two months.

BREAKING THE COLOR LINE
The year marks the 60th anniversary of the first major league tryout for black players.

SPECIAL COLOR
LINE TIMELINE

Bud Fowler is the first know black players on an integrated team.

BOOMING BATS
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AMERICA'S ORIGINAL
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Two unsuspecting vintage baseball fans rediscover a "National Treasure."
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MUELLER's stick is a Louisvillle Slugger (model U1) with a signature barrel stamp.










THIS DON MUELLER bat was used in the August 1954 Giants-Cardinals series in St. Louis. Mueller's 1954 season was his career best and earned him a spot on the National League all-star roster. Mueller set the pace for the World Champion Giants, and the Major Leagues, with 212 hits and was only .003 shy of the batting title with a .342 average — surpassed only by teammate and 1954 MVP Willie Mays' .345.

DON MUELLER

ALL-STAR: 1954 and 1955

Mueller led National League in hits during Giant's world championship season in 1954

"Mandrake the Magician" posted an impressive .296 lifetime average, with 1,292 hits for Giants and White Sox

MAJOR LEAGUE ALL-STAR

DON MUELLER, had his career year in1954, including a .389 average in the Giants' World Series sweep over the Indians.
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Don Mueller began his Major League career on August 2, 1948 with the New York Giants. Mueller played for 12 seasons for the Giants and White Sox — and ended his big league playing career in 1959.

Nick-named "Mandrake the Magician" because of the frequency with which his hits found holes in the infield defense.

Mueller joined the Giants full-time in 1949 and became the club's regular right fielder in 1950, hitting .291.

One of his greatest disappointments came in 1951 when he was unable to play in the World Series after injuring his ankle in the last inning of the Giants' "miracle" playoff game victory to win the 1951 pennant.

Mueller hit .333 in 1953 (fifth in the National League), and had his career year in1954 when he led the National League in hits with 212 and was second in average at .342. Don's hot-hitting continued at a .389 clip during the Giant's World Series sweep over the Indians that season.


DON MUELLER played for 12 seasons for the New York Giants and Chicago White Sox.

Mueller played the outfield for 12 seasons — 10 with the Giants and two with the White Sox — posting an impressive .296 lifetime average, with 1,292 hits.


He hit only 65 career home runs, but is one of few that hit five home runs over the span of two consecutive games (September 1 and 2, 1951). He was selected as a National League all-star twice, 1954 and '55.


DON MUELLER: Did you know...

...Mueller was the son of Walter Mueller, a Pirate outfielder in the 1920s.

...Mueller was purchased by the Chicago White Sox in March 1958 from the New York Giants

....Mueller was released by the Chicago White Sox in May 1959.

...Mueller was born April 14, 1927 in St. Louis, Missouri.

DON MUELLER's baseball cards, above and below, at various times during his career with the New York Giants, San Francisco Giants and Chicago White Sox.

 

DON MUELLER was nick-named "Mandrake the Magician" because of the frequency with which his hits magically found holes in the infield defense.