So I was looking through the bargain box at the local baseball card shop a few months back and saw this beautiful Bowman card of Granny Hamner.
First, I must admit, I had no idea who this Hamner fella was. But, come on, how could I resist a card of a guy named Granny.
As it turns out, Hamner was a pretty good player and a key member of the Phillies "Whiz Kids" of the early 1950s. The shortstop was a three-time All Star and had more than 80 RBI in a season more than a few times.
Oh and by the way, he also pitched a few games.
But what's with Granny? His real name is Granville.
Man, a Whiz Kids card. The Whiz Kids were a bit before my time (I was born in 1951) but when I first started getting interested in baseball, in the 1960's the best Whiz Kid of them all, Richie Ashburn was a Phillies announcer. He talked about them all the time.
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