Card 1/2 Larry French and Vance Page

Because of the very nature of the small size of the Double Play images, very few of the cards have much photographic drama, but I always liked the way the crafty old Cubbie hurler Larry French gripped the ball on this card.

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Card 3/4 Billy Herman and Stan Hack

Billy Herman may be the most faceless of relatively recent hall of famers. There are a couple of reasons for this.

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Card 5/6 Linus Frey and Johnny Vander Meer

Linus Frey was a good infielder who made three All Star Teams, plus he played on two world champions. Oddly,

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Card 7/8 Paul Derringer and Bucky Walters

Paul Derringer is the Reds all time winningest right-handed pitcher with 161 career victories for the team. He peaked at 25-7 for the 1939 club that won the NL pennant. He won 223 games on his career and was an exceptional control pitcher, walking less than two batters per nine innings pitched. This particular card does not show him at his best and is perhaps the worst photo in a set that has very few good ones.

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Card 9/10 Frank McCormick and Bill Werber

I am a lifelong Reds fans, and the 1941 set included several players from a Cincy team that had won back-to-back pennants, including a World Championship in 1940.

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Card 11/12 Jimmy Ripple and Ernie Lombardi

Jimmy Ripple appears on two cards in the Double Play set.

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Card 13/14 Alex Kampouris and Whit Wyatt

Alex Kampouris is considered to be the first major leaguer of Greek descent. The highlight of his eight years in the majors was when he hit three home runs in one game for the Reds vs. the Phillies. On August 13, 1937, Kampouris was honored at Wrigley Field by the Chicago Hellenic Society as a visiting member of the Reds. He was given a car and praised before the game, only to commit three errors in one inning against the Cubbies that day.

John “Whit” Wyatt was a high school pitching phenom, and once struck out 23 college hitters in a game. In 1941, was credited with the Dodgers’ only win in the World Series on top of 22 wins in the regular season.

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Card 15/16 Mickey Owen and Paul Waner

During the 1941 season, Mickey Owen set a record for most errorless fielding chances by a catcher with 508 perfect attempts and finished with a .995 average. Ironically, Owen earned a place in baseball lore for a costly error that he committed during the ’41 World Series. The Yankees held a 2-games-to-1 lead entering Game 4 at the Dodgers’ but with 2 outs in the top of the ninth inning and the count 3-2 on the Yankee’s Tommy Henrich the Dodgers led 4-3. Henrich swung and missed at strike 3 which would have been the final out of the game, but the ball eluded Owen and Henrich made it safely to first base. The Yankees then went on to rally to score four runs in that inning and held on to win the game 7-4. Despite being best remembered for a costly error, Owen made four All Star teams and in 1942 he

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Card 17/18 Cookie Lavagetto and Pete Reiser

Arthur Lavagetto, better known as “Cookie,” is best known as the pinch hitter who broke up Bill Bevens’ no-hittter in the 1947 World Series. He was a coach and big league manager after his career.

Pete Reiser was the very rare player (Ken Griffey, Jr is a recent variety, though not to the extent of Reiser) who just tried too damn hard. A rookie sensation in 1941, he won the NL batting title on the way to leading the Dodgers to the pennant. He ran into walls, plowed into opposing players, and generally made a wreck out of his wonderfully gifted body for the love of the game. He was carried off the field on a stretcher 11 times, which is probably a record if anyone bothers to record such things. Leo Durocher said “Pistol Pete” was as gifted as Willie Mays.

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Card 19/20 Jimmy Wasdell and Dolph Camilli

Jimmy Wasdell got around in his 11 year career playing for five different teams.

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