Tuesday, March 1, 2016

1933 Goudey #51: Charlie Grimm, Chicago Cubs, MGR/1B

Charlie Grimm was approaching the twilight of his 20-year playing career by 1933.  A career that began with the Pirates in 1916, resulted in a lifetime affiliation with the Cubs after a late 1924 trade along with teammate Rabbit Maranville.  Although Grimm never won a ring during his playing career, he reached the World Series twice with the Cubs in 1929 and 1932.  Against the Yankees as a player/manager in 1932, Grimm hit .333 in 15 AB's, scoring 2 Runs with an RBI.  Against the Athletics in 1929, Grimm hit .384 in 18 AB's, scoring 2 Runs with 2 RBI and a HR.  1933 was Grimm's first full season as player/manager of the Cubs, resulting in the start of a decline in his offensive production numbers.  He produced less than 100 Hits for the first time since the 1916-1919 seasons, but led the league defensively in Fielding Pct. as 1B.

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