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October 26 – Happy Birthday Snuffy Stirnweiss

A Big Apple native and the son of a New York City policeman, Stirnweiss was a superb athlete who became an All-American running back at North Carolina but chose baseball as his career when he signed with the Yankees in 1940. By 1943 he was New York’s starting second baseman and the following year he led the AL in runs, hits, triples and stolen bases. He did even better in 1945, repeating as league leader in all those categories while adding the AL batting crown to his portfolio. But when WWII ended and the Major League rosters were replenished with returning players who had served their country, Snuffy’s production suffered. He was never again the offensive force he had been during the War years but he did evolve into one of baseball’s best defensive second baseman.

He eventually lost the starting second base job to Jerry Coleman. In 1950, the Yankees traded Stirnweiss to the Browns who in turn traded him to Cleveland. When his playing career ended after the 1952 season, Snuffy tried his hand at managing in the minor leagues. When an opportunity in banking opened up in New York City, Snuffy jumped into the new career. He was on his way to a Manhattan luncheon meeting on September 15, 1958 when he was killed in a commuter train wreck in Bayonne, NJ. He was just 40 years old and the father of six young children at the time of the tragedy.

Snuffy shares his birthday with this former Yankee infielder and this one-time Yankee pitching prospect.

Year Tm G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
1943 NYY 83 325 274 34 60 8 4 1 25 11 47 37 .219 .333 .288 .622
1944 NYY 154 723 643 125 205 35 16 8 43 55 73 87 .319 .389 .460 .849
1945 NYY 152 718 632 107 195 32 22 10 64 33 78 62 .309 .385 .476 .862
1946 NYY 129 560 487 75 122 19 7 0 37 18 66 58 .251 .340 .318 .658
1947 NYY 148 673 571 102 146 18 8 5 41 5 89 47 .256 .358 .342 .700
1948 NYY 141 609 515 90 130 20 7 3 32 5 86 62 .252 .360 .336 .696
1949 NYY 70 190 157 29 41 8 2 0 11 3 29 20 .261 .380 .338 .717
1950 NYY 7 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000
10 Yrs 1028 4292 3695 604 989 157 68 29 281 134 541 447 .268 .362 .371 .733
NYY (8 yrs) 884 3800 3281 562 899 140 66 27 253 130 468 373 .274 .366 .382 .747
CLE (2 yrs) 51 111 88 10 19 1 0 1 4 1 22 25 .216 .373 .261 .634
SLB (1 yr) 93 381 326 32 71 16 2 1 24 3 51 49 .218 .324 .288 .612
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 10/27/2013.