01 June 2014

marv rackley was a dodger double dipper

marv rackley made his big league debut on the same day, and the same field, as jackie robinson.  and, he was a dodger double dipper.

[this is the seventyfirst installment in the double dippers posts.  here are the previous posts - brett butler, omar daaleric young, nick willhitechris gwynn, mickey hatcherdave anderson, don zimmerrafael landestoy, dave hansen, jose vizcaino, hideo nomo, greg maddux, mike madduxjon garland, chan ho parkvicente romogene mauch, denny lewallyn, von joshua, joe moellerdioner navarro, rudy seanez, bart shirleyrandy wolf, ismael valdes, bobby castillo, mike devereaux, pete richert, jay johnstone, jesse orosco, lee lacy, giovanni carrara, jeff weaverted sizemore,  orel hershisertom goodwinjoe fergusoneddie murraymatt lukeken mcmullen, tim wallach, jerry grotedon suttonralph branca, todd hundley, elmer dessensguillermo motajoe beckwithjamie hoffmannbabe hermanjoe medwickjuan castroron perranoskiclyde kingpaul wanerhughie jenningsron negray, broadway aleck smithgeorge smith, johnny cooney, jim faireyfrenchy bordagaraydoc casey, waite hoytluis olmoclyde sukeforthwillie keeler,  harry howellgermany smith, and johnny allen.]

here's rackley's 1990 target card
on april 15, 1947, rackley pinch-ran for the dodgers' catcher bruce edwards, but did not stay in the game defensively.  he appeared in a total of 18 games for the dodgers in 1947, and then made 88 appearances for the club in 1948.  that year, he hit .327 and scored 55 runs.  in may of 1949, rackley was hitting .444 after 9 appearances when he was traded to the pittsburgh pirates for johnny hopp.

with the pirates, rackley appeared in 11 games and hit .314.  on june 7, however, the trade was ruled invalid, and rackley returned to brooklyn.  that wasn't a bad thing, as he hit .291 in 54 games following his return, swatted the only home run of his career, and appeared in the 1949 world series against the yankees.  plus, it gave him dodger double dipper status.

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