Masterpieces and Uncommon Commons XXXIV
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We can only hope Hamric found it in his heart to forgive his parents for having given him perhaps the worst name in baseball history: Odbert.
Hameric got two very, very brief cups of coffee in the majors to go alongside a 13-year minor league career.
After breaking in with the Dodgers minor league farm system in 1949, Hamric seemed to have finally found his stroke in 1954, ripping AAA pitching at a .350 clip while playing in St. Paul.
The following season, Hamric got the call up to the majors just long enough to gain a single at-bat with the star-studded, soon-to-be World Champion Dodgers. Hamric returned to the Twin Cities and hit a respectable .290; although he would never hit over .299 in the minors again.
Hamric would toil in the minors until he was traded to the Orioles and in 1953, when the outfielder made it into 8 games, gaining 8 at-bats, while recording his only major league hit.
For many, Hamric’s career may not look like much. A journeyman who trudged through the minors in parts of three decades. But let us not forget, Hamric made it to the majors and played in 9 games. How many of us would trade places, trade careers and trade our lives’ paths only to live the childhood dream of striding to the plate in a big league uniform – if only to record one hit and say that even if for only nine games, we were good enough to make it?
POP Report: Highest graded example. 1 of 5 PSA 9’s.
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