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October 13 – Happy Birthday Charlie Silvera

When the late Ralph Houk was a Yankee catcher in the late forties and early fifties, his job was to backup Charley Silvera. The problem for Houk was that it was Silvera’s job to back up a young and durable Yogi Berra. Back in the early fifties, Berra would catch between 140 and 150 games per year and that was when the Yankees only played 154-game regular seasons, so Silvera saw very little action and Houk was pretty much just a figment of Casey Stengel’s imagination.

Silvera was born on this date in 1924, in San Francisco. During his nine seasons as Berra’s backup, he appeared in 201 games, but got to start in less than half of those. He won six World Series rings during his nine seasons with New York but appeared in just one game of one Fall Classic. That was 1949, when the receiver nicknamed “Swede,” caught seven innings of the Yankee’s second-game, 1-0 defeat at the hands of Brooklyn’s Preacher Roe. Still, Silvera’s share of World Series winnings exceeded $46,000 during his career.

Silvera finally got a chance to start when the Yankees traded him to the Cubs after the 1956 season, for Chicago’s catcher, Harry Chiti. Unfortunately for Silvera, he broke his leg early in the 1957 season and never played another game.

As you might imagine, Silvera was not a big fan of Stengel. He always thought Casey cared more about himself than he did the team. Charley loved teammate Billy Martin, who promised Silvera that if he ever became a manager he’d hire Silvera as a coach and he did just that when Martin got the Twins job in 1969.

Also born on this date was this former Yankee reliever who lost three games in the 1981 World Series, this former Yankee manager, this long-ago Yankee outfielder and this Highlander catcher.

Year Tm G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
1948 NYY 4 14 14 1 8 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 .571 .571 .714 1.286
1949 NYY 58 148 130 8 41 2 0 0 13 2 18 5 .315 .403 .331 .733
1950 NYY 18 26 25 2 4 0 0 0 1 0 1 2 .160 .192 .160 .352
1951 NYY 18 56 51 5 14 3 0 1 7 0 5 3 .275 .339 .392 .731
1952 NYY 20 61 55 4 18 3 0 0 11 0 5 2 .327 .383 .382 .765
1953 NYY 42 94 82 11 23 3 1 0 12 0 9 5 .280 .352 .341 .693
1954 NYY 20 42 37 1 10 1 0 0 4 0 3 2 .270 .341 .297 .639
1955 NYY 14 32 26 1 5 0 0 0 1 0 6 4 .192 .344 .192 .536
1956 NYY 7 11 9 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 3 .222 .364 .222 .586
10 Yrs 227 541 482 34 136 15 2 1 52 2 53 32 .282 .356 .328 .683
NYY (9 yrs) 201 484 429 33 125 12 2 1 50 2 49 27 .291 .367 .336 .702
CHC (1 yr) 26 57 53 1 11 3 0 0 2 0 4 5 .208 .263 .264 .527
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 10/13/2013.