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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 … Continue reading

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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.  First, he was a defensive star in an era when offensive stars were the gold standard. Though he stayed … Continue reading

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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, he started his career as a switch hitter, but six years into his career began batting exclusively from the left side … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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.  First sacker Frank McCormick was a big reason, earning the MVP in … Continue reading

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Card 11/12 Jimmy Ripple and Ernie Lombardi

Jimmy Ripple appears on two cards in the Double Play set.  You can find a more extensive writeup on him in the previous write-up on the vertical card he shares with Bucky Walters. He made his mark as a minor … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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.  He helped the Dodgers to the 1941 NL flag and in all honesty is a fairly peculiar inclusion in the set, never being more than a … Continue reading

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