Wednesday, March 27, 2013

1950 Bowman #219: Hank Bauer, New York Yankees, OF

Hank Bauer was born on 7/31/1922 in East St. Louis, IL.  Prior to beginning his major league career, Bauer served in the Marines between 1942-1945 during WWII.  He earned two bronze stars for valor and two purple hearts injuries sustained while fighting in battles such as Guadalcanal, Guam, and Okinawa.  Bauer began playing for the NY Yankees in 1948.  He was part of the Yankees team during their 5 consecutive World Series championships in '49, '50, '51, '52, and '53.  Bauer appeared in the World Series 4 more consecutive times for a total of 9 appearances in 10 years with 7 total championships (winning in '56 and '58, and losing in '55 and '57).   He made the All-Star team in three consecutive years during his career in '52, '53, and '54.  He also led the league in Triples in '57.  After the '59 season, Bauer was traded to the Kansas City A's for Roger Maris in a 7-player deal.  He played for Kansas City in '60 and '61, becoming a player-manager towards the end of his final season.  In 1962, Bauer managed the A's full-time through 1962.  In 1963, he became a coach for the Baltimore Orioles before becoming their full-time manager in 1964.  In 1966, Bauer led the Orioles to their first World Series Championship since moving to Baltimore in a 4-game sweep of the Dodgers.  Bauer was replaced by his coach Earl Weaver in 1968, and went back to managing the A's during their second year as an Oakland team in 1969.  Hank Bauer passed away on 2/9/2007 in Lenexa, KS at the age of 84. 



BV: $100 (listed star)
Cost: $7.16 (paid 7% BV)
Condition: GD (worth 15% BV)
Completion: 9 of 252 (3% complete)
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