Ernie Lombardi played for 17 seasons in the National League for the Brooklyn Dodgers (1931), Cincinnati Reds (1932-41), Boston Braves (1942), and New York Giants (1943-47). Besides being a terrific catcher with an outstanding arm and strong game-calling skills, he was also a dangerous hitter. He topped the .300 mark 10 times and won batting crowns in 1938 and 1942. He was a 7 time All-Star and was named the NL MVP in 1938. He was a member of the Redlegs 1939 pennant winners and 1940 World Series champions. During his career he had 1792 hits, 190 homeruns and a .306 avg. He was elected to Cooperstown via Veteran’s Committee in 1986.
April 26, 2015