Monday, March 14, 2016

1951 Topps #B41: Johnny Schmitz, Chicago Cubs, P

Johnny Schmitz split the 1951 season between the Cubs and Dodgers.  After pitching in Chicago since 1941, the Cubs traded Schmitz along with Andy Pafko, Wayne Terwillinger, and Ruber Walker to the Dodgers for Bruce Edwards, Joe Hatten, Gene Hermanski, and Eddie Miksis.  Schmitz saw a significant decrease in his playing time to it's lowest levels since 1942.  He still managed to pitch in 24 games with 10 starts and 6 finishes.  The former two-time All-Star would end up being traded again the next summer, and would eventually play for a total of 7 different teams throughout his MLB career by the end of 1956.  Schmitz capped out his professional playing career with AAA Toronto in 1957.  He passed away in 2011 at almost 91 years old.  



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