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Martin Kane
August 16, 1954
The most furious trading in the U.S. nowadays goes on not in Wall Street or the Chicago grain market but among youngsters out to collect a connoisseur's fistful of baseball trading cards. The cards come as dividends with the purchase of a one-cent or five-cent package of bubble gum. But the dividend seems to have even more pull than the puff-and-pop stuff.
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August 16, 1954

The Baseball Bubble Trouble

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Bob was signed by the Yanks as an infielder while in college.

When a N.Y. scout saw him pitch in a semi pro game they made him a hurler!

And Bob, who never pitched in college, is one of the League's top young righthanders!

shortstop WASH. SENATORS

Height: 6'
Weight: 170
Bats Left
Throws Right
Home: Lufkin, Texas
Born: January 28, 1928

"Pete" is now in his 3rd season as the Senators' regular shortstop. Beginning his organized baseball career with Chickasha in '49, he hit .372. The next year "Pete" had a .330 mark for Texarkana. Before Washington brought him up in the middle of the '51 season, he was hitting .356 for Chattanooga.


Although Pete is not a slugger he was the Senators cleanup hitter in 1953.

That year he was the team's leading batter despite the fact he hit only 1 home run!

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