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September 2 – Happy Birthday Marv Throneberry

Before Marvelous Marv Throneberry established his legacy with the Amazin Mets he was a phee-nom prospect in the powerful New York Yankee organization. In fact, from 1955 through 1957, he played first base for Manager, Ralph Houk’s Denver Bears, the Yankees’ Triple A affiliate at the time and averaged 39 home runs and 128 RBIs per season in the thin air of the Mile High City. Throneberry got good long trials with the parent club in both 1958 and ’59 but he couldn’t hit for average (just .238). Besides, the Yankees already had Moose Skowren at first base so they made Throneberry one of four players they sent to Kansas City for Roger Maris in December of 1959. He did OK for the A’s in 1960, hitting 11 home runs, but again failed to hit for average. The A’s traded him to Baltimore during the 1961 season and then Baltimore traded him to the Mets for catcher Hobie Landrith.

Reunited with Casey Stengel, Throneberry became “Marvelous Marv.” He struck out too much and made 17 errors in just 89 games and Met fans instantly fell in love with him. Some of his most memorable moments came during rundowns he was involved in. During one, instead of throwing the ball to a teammate covering home plate, Throneberry chased an aging Stan Musial all the way to home plate without catching him. In another, Marv ran into the runner without the ball causing the umpire to call interference, making the runner safe. My favorite story about Throneberry’s misfortunes as a Met was the time he won a $6,000 sailboat. First of all, he lived in an area of Tennessee in which filled bathtubs were the largest bodies of water available. He had won the boat by hitting a clothing store billboard in the old Polo Grounds. Teammate Richie Ashburn won the same prize when Mets fans selected the outfielder as the teams first MVP. A lawyer for the Mets told Throneberry he had to claim his boat as income because he “earned” it by hitting the sign while Ashburn got his boat as a gift  and didn’t have to declare it on his taxes. Throneberry died in 1994, at the age of 60.

Also born on this date was this former Yankee pitcher and this former first round Yankee draft pick.

Year Tm G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
1955 NYY 1 3 2 1 2 1 0 0 3 1 0 0 1.000 .667 1.500 2.167
1958 NYY 60 172 150 30 34 5 2 7 19 1 19 40 .227 .316 .427 .742
1959 NYY 80 214 192 27 46 5 0 8 22 0 18 51 .240 .302 .391 .693
7 Yrs 480 1331 1186 143 281 37 8 53 170 3 130 295 .237 .311 .416 .726
NYY (3 yrs) 141 389 344 58 82 11 2 15 44 2 37 91 .238 .311 .413 .724
NYM (2 yrs) 130 411 371 29 89 12 3 16 50 1 35 88 .240 .302 .418 .720
KCA (2 yrs) 144 410 366 46 90 11 3 17 65 0 42 90 .246 .323 .432 .754
BAL (2 yrs) 65 121 105 10 20 3 0 5 11 0 16 26 .190 .298 .362 .659
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 9/6/2013.