Henry John "Hank" Sauer
(March 17, 1917 - August 24, 2001) was a left fielder
in Major League Baseball
. From 1941 through 1959, Sauer played for the Cincinnati Reds
(1941–42, 1945, 1948–49), Chicago Cubs
(1949–55), St. Louis Cardinals
(1956), New York Giants
(1957) and San Francisco Giants
(1958–59). He batted and threw right-handed.
In a 15-season career, Sauer was a .266 hitter with 288 home runs
and 876 RBIs
in 1399 games
A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
, Sauer started his majors career with the Reds in 1941, and was traded to the Cubs midway through the 1949 season.
A two-time All-Star
, Sauer was a feared slugger
for the Cubs in the early 1950s, hitting over 30 home runs in six seasons, with a career-high 41 in 1954. His most productive season came in 1952, when he led the National League
in home runs (37) and RBIs (121), and was named the Most Valuable Player
During a time when the Cubs were especially moribund, Sauer provided some joy for the team's fans with his power hitting, earning him the nickname "The Mayor of Wrigley Field
". He was well-known for using smokeless tobacco, and it has often been reported that after he hit a home run, when he returned to his left field position, bleacher fans might shower him with packets of his favorite chew, Beech Nut tobacco.
Sauer was not especially fleet afoot. In contrast to radio's "Quiz Kids
" or the 1950 Phillies "Whiz Kids
", according to Chicago columnist Mike Royko
the 1950s... Read More