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!
JAMES EDWARD RUNNELS
shortstop WASH. SENATORS
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!