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Regarded as one of the best-fielding shortstops in the American League, the Yankees got Willie from the St. Louis Browns last year as "pennant insurance". He broke into organized ball with Sherman-Denison in '48 and played for Chattanooga in 1949-50. In '51, Willie got a trial with Washington and hit .444 in 7 games. He was with Chicago and St. Louis in '52.
Willie hit a homer in his first time at bat for the white Sox in their aitial '53 exhibition game.
Later, as a Yankee, he belled his first Major League Homer. Against whom? The White Sox!
ROBERT ANTON GRIM
Bob was not even on the Yankee roster when he reported for spring training at St. Petersburg in 1954 after two years in the service. However, his hurling was so impressive that Casey Stengel promoted him before the season began. Bob soon proved to be one of the Yanks' most dependable pitchers.