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caught a low liner in the webbing of his glove, made a complete turn and threw out the runner trying to score.
Wally, who had the benefit of spring training for the first time last season, led International League Outfielders in Fielding, ranked 3rd in Stolen Bases (14) and 10th in Batting. During his first 3 seasons in pro ball, all at Omaha, he remained at Texas A & M until June to work on his college degree. Wally hit 315 in his rookie '50 season and 255 in '52.
Wally didn't think he was ready for class A ball in 1950?but in 4 years he made the majors!
Wally attended Texas A & M college, playing pro ball when the school semester ended in spring!
Vern returns from 2 years of Army Service to resume his promising pitching career. He was known as the "hard-luck" pitcher of the N.L. when he compiled a 7-9 record in '50 and 6-9 in '51. Vern came to the Pirates in mid-1950 after a 6-4 record and 2.67 ERA at New Orleans. In '49 he was 5-11 at Davenport but had a 2.94 ERA and Struck Out 123 batters.