|Shortstop / Second baseman|
Born: April 26, 1927|
Died: September 12, 1993 (aged 66)|
|September 14, 1944 for the Philadelphia Phillies|
Last MLB appearance
|August 1, 1962 for the Kansas City Athletics|
|Runs batted in||708|
Career highlights and awards
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Hamner (whose brother Garvin was also an infielder in the majors) spent 15 1⁄2 years with the Phillies, coming to the club as a 17-year-old during World War II and becoming one of the team leaders of the 1950 champions at the age of 23. A right-handed hitting shortstop with power, Hamner compiled more than 80 runs batted in four times. In the 1950 World Series, a four-game New York Yankees sweep dominated by Yankee pitchers, Hamner batted .429 (6 for 14) with three extra-base hits. In March 1952, Hamner was named captain of the Phillies by manager Eddie Sawyer.
On May 16,
- REDIRECT Template:Baseball year, Hamner was traded to Cleveland, but he batted only .164 for the remainder of the campaign. He then became a manager in the minor league system of the Kansas City Athletics, reappearing briefly with the A's as a pitcher during the 1962 season (he had dabbled on the mound for the 1956-57 Phillies). But the change did not prolong Hamner's playing career. He briefly managed in the Phils' farm system in the 1970s and 1980s.
In 17 major league seasons, Hamner compiled a .262 batting average with 104 home runs. He was winless with two losses with an earned run average of 5.40 in seven games and 13 1⁄3 innings as a pitcher.
In 1981, Hamner was inducted into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame.
- "Hamner is Given Authority as Team Captain of Phillies". Milwaukee Journal. 1952-03-18. p. 2.
DeLuca, Duke (1972-04-18). "Off the Cuff". Reading Eagle. p. 30.
- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference