Tuesday, June 10, 2008

1953 Topps Project - Post #17

#91 - Ebba St. Claire - Boston Braves

OK, so I got a little sidetracked there with the hockey posts. I definitely had a case of Stanley Cup fever, but it's time to get back on track with another 1953 Topps project post. Today's subject is Ebba St. Claire, catcher for the Boston Braves.

Ebba's brief career in the majors was unspectacular, and that's an understatement. Wikipedia describes him as a "prototypical defensive-minded backup catcher", how exciting! After college, St. Claire played for almost a decade in the minor leagues before finally being sent to the Boston Braves, in part to tutor young pitchers in their organization. All in all, St. Claire appeared in 164 major league games over a 4 season span. His batting average was poor and he didn't have a lot of power at the plate, although his fielding percentage as catcher was decent.

While Ebba never enjoyed much success in his brief Major League career, his son Randy lasted about a decade as a relief pitcher between the mid 80s and the mid 90s, and is now the pitching coach for the Washington Nationals.

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