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'
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
DON MUELLER, had his career year in1954, including a .389 average in the Giants' World Series sweep over the Indians.
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
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.