Thomas Virgil Stallcup (January 3, 1922 – May 2, 1989) The starting shortstop for the Cincinnati Reds from 1948 through 1951, Virgil “Red” Stallcup was decent from the defensive perspective. As a matter of fact, he led the league in fielding percentage at the shortstop position in both 1950 and 1951. Signed by the Boston Red Sox in 1941, Stallcup spent the next several years between the minors and US Naval service, and he finally broke into the Major Leagues in 1947 at age 25 with the Reds. At best, Stallcup was an average to below-average hitter. His best offensive season was 1949, when he batted .254 and registered 146 hits. In 1952, Stallcup was traded to the St. Louis Cardinals, where he finished out his Major League career. He then played and managed in the minors through 1955. After baseball, Stallcup was a supervisor for a chemical company. Tragically, Virgil Stallcup committed suicide in 1989 at 67 years old.