The American League’s home run king in 1951, Zernial’s career spanned from 1949-1959. He played for three teams and hit 237 home runs during that time, playing in the All-Star Game in 1953 and twice finishing in the MVP vote. Zernial came up with the Chicago White Sox in 1949. He hit 29 home runs for them in 1950 but was traded to the Philadelphia A’s early in the 1951 season. Zernial responded by leading the American League in home runs (33) and RBIs (129). His best year at the plate came for the A’s in 1953. He hit .284 that season, which was his career high, while smashing 42 home runs and driving in 108 runs. Zernial moved with the A’s to Kansas City in 1955. He remained with the team until 1958 when he joined the Detroit Tigers which is where he concluded his career.
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Zernial is included in the Philadelphia Baseball Wall of Fame. He died in Fresno, California on January 20, 2011.
Gus Zernial – career stats