A two-time all star, Mueller spent 12 years playing the outfield for the New York Giants and Chicago White Sox. Mueller was a fine hitter, finishing with a career mark of .296 and 1292 hits. His best season came in 1954 when he led the National League in hits with 212 while batting .343 for the Giants. Not known for his power, Mueller hit just four home runs that season. He did have 35 doubles as well as scoring 90 runs while driving in 71 more. For his efforts, he made the All-Star Team and finished 12th in the MVP vote. Mueller hit .306 the following year (1955) with 83 RBI, earning his second trip to the All-Star Game.
Mueller does not list a favorite memory, but he did play in the World Series in 1954. He hit .389 for the Giants against the Cleveland Indians, helping New York to the title in a sweep. Mueller was part of the Giants’ rally that culminated in Bobby Thomson’s famous home run in the 1951 playoff game between the Giants and the Brooklyn Dodgers. Hitting three spots in front of Thomson, Mueller singled, but injured his ankle sliding into third base when Whitey Lockman doubled (following a fly out by Monte Irvin). Mueller had to be carried from the field and was not on base when the next hitter, Thomson, hit the shot heard round the world. His injury was so bad that he was unable to play in the 1951 World Series as well.
Katt, Mueller’s favorite teammate, was a catcher for the Giants from 1952-1957. He was a native of New Braunfels, Texas which is just a few miles down the road from where I live.
Mueller died in St. Louis on December 28, 2011.
Don Mueller – career stats