One of best players in state’s history. Played in major leagues, 1938–1959. Best years with St. Louis Cardinals, 1938–1953. Hard-hitting outfielder known for hustle and hard-nosed style. Batted .300 in 2,380 games, with 2,383 hits, 169 home runs, and 1,304 runs batted in. Led NL in hits, 1942; doubles, 1939; triples, 1942, 1949; and runs batted in, 1946. Batted .300 or higher 10 times, high of .336 in 1949. Famous for scoring winning run from first on double in game seven of 1946 World Series versus Boston. Played in 1942 and 1946 World Series for St. Louis, 1956–1958 for New York Yankees. Batted .291 in 27 World Series games. Member National Baseball Hall of Fame. Managed in minors for several years. Head baseball coach at Duke, 1971–1977, record 68-120. Born 1916, Roxboro. Died 2002.
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