Roy Smalley - 1951 Bowman

Roy Frederick Smalley, Jr. (1926-2011) endured a rollercoaster year with the Chicago Cubs in 1950 when he hit for the cycle on June 28, put up career marks in home runs (21), RBI (85) hits (128) and doubles (21), but also led the National League with 114 strikeouts. He was also the last player to post 50 errors or more in a single season (51), but led all NL shortstops in double plays and chances per game. The Springfield, Missouri native signed with the Chicago Cubs in 1944 and was assigned to the Los Angeles Angels where he batted a paltry .188 in 61 games. Smalley then spent 22 months in the United States Navy during World War II and missed the Cubs foray into the postseason and World Series appearance in 1945. Upon his return, he again returned to the minor leagues but eventually grabbed the starting shortstop position in 1948. He was far from a star in the Chicago lineup, but did receive notoriety for his positional pay as he led the National League in three straight seasons (1948-1950) and suffered the boos of the unmerciful Cubs fanbase. However, he did spend ten years in the hole for the Cubbies (1948-1953) until a rookie named Ernie Banks snatched his job in 1953. He was forever remembered in the Indy City as the shortstop before "Mr. Cub." Roy was shipped to the Milwaukee Braves for one seasons (1954) and then played for years with the Philadelphia Phillies (1955-1958) to end his career. Roy Smalley finished his career with a forgettable .227 batting average, 601 hits, 277 runs, 61 home runs and 305 RBI in 872 games. He also posted a .948 fielding percentage with 2,308 assists, 471 doubles plays and 207 errors over 11 years. Sadly for Roy Jr., he is best remembered for being the Cubs shortstop before Ernie Banks as well as the father of Roy Smalley III, who spent 13 in the Majors playing for four different teams.



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
1 MINT 9
2 NM-MT+ 8.5
2 NM-MT+ 8.5

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