Don Mueller - 1951 Bowman

Donald Frederick Mueller (April 14, 1927 - December 28, 2011) was instrumental in the final playoff game between the New York Giants and the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1951 as he moved Alvin Dark into scoring position in the bottom of the ninth against Don Newcombe. Whitey Lockman then drove in Dark with a double as Mueller was severely injured on the play. This set up Bobby Thomson’s “Shot Heard ‘Round the World” to win the game and the series. The son of a former Major Leaguer, Walter Mueller, Don signed with the Giants as a high school junior in 1944 and debuted in 1948. After a brief stint in the power-hitting Mel Ott system in New York, Leo Durocher, who preached hitting and pitching, replaced Ott. Durocher nicknamed Mueller, Mandrake the Magician for his uncanny knack of getting on base. Don played 12 seasons in the majors with the Giants (1948-1957) and the Chicago White Sox (1958-1959) and was on two New York Giant pennant winners (1951, 1954). Unfortunately for Mueller, he was unable to play in the 1951 World Series due to the ankle injury he suffered in the playoff game against the Dodgers. However, he batted .389 with seven hits and one RBI to win the 1954 World Series. Don’s best season came in that championship seasons as he batted .342 with a league leading 212 hits, scored 90 runs and drove in another 71. Mueller finished second to teammate Willie Mays (.345) for the National League batting title in 1954 as well and was named to his first of two straight All-Star teams. He was an excellent right fielder, posting a .984 fielding percentage and 1,743 putouts, 62 assists and only 30 errors in 1,835 chances. Don Mueller ended his career after only four games into the 1959 season with the White Sox having collected 1,292 hits, 499 runs and 520 RBI while batting .296 in 1,245 career Major League games.



Condition Census (Explain)

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MINT 9
1 MINT 9
1 MINT 9
1 MINT 9
1 MINT 9
1 MINT 9
1 MINT 9
2 NM-MT+ 8.5
3 NM-MT 8 (37)

PRICES BY GRADE

1951 BOWMAN 268 DON MUELLER

Grade Most Recent Price Average Price SMR Price Population POP Higher
GEM - MT 10
MINT 9 $1,064.40 $1,064.40 $800.00 7
NM - MT 8 $57.89 $63.95 $130.00 37 8
NM 7 $35.00 $30.50 $55.00 51 59
EX - MT 6 $18.00 $18.00 $30.00 36 115
EX 5 $7.50 $7.50 $20.00 31 155
VG - EX 4 $10.13 17 187
VG 3 6 204
GOOD 2 3 211
FR 1.5 214
PR 1 3 214
Auth 1 217

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