Swings and misses


One of the 100-oldest-living baseball players, Val Heim appeared in 13 games for the Chicago White Sox in 1942. He hit .200 in 45 at bats with seven RBIs and six runs scored. Heim spent the next three years serving in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He returned to professional baseball in 1946 but never made it back to the majors.

1965 Topps

Bob Heffner pitched in 114 big league games for three teams between 1963-1968. He saw action in 55 games for the Boston Red Sox in 1964, going 7-9 with a 4.08 ERA in 158.2 innings of work. Heffner went on to pitch for the Cleveland Indians and California Angels before calling it quits after the 1968 season.

1965 Topps

Marty Keough spent parts of 11 years roaming major-leauge outfields. He played for six different teams, hitting .242 with 43 home runs in 841 big-league games. Typically a reserve, Keough saw action in 135 games for the Washington Senators in 1961. He hit .249 that year and set career highs in home runs (9), RBIs (34) and runs scored (57). He hit .278 the next year for the Cincinnati Reds while playing in 111 games. This would rank as the best average of his career. His son, Matt, pitched for over a decade in the big leagues.


Published by Chris

Writer, historian, father, intrepid traveller, journalist, aging punk ... I am actually in a Hall of Fame.

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