Thomas Francis “Tommy” Holmes (March 29, 1917 - April 14, 2008) finished second in the 1945 National League MVP voting behind Phil Cavaretta, despite leading the NL in hits (224), doubles (47), home runs (28), slugging percentage (.577) and total bases (367) while striking out a mere nine times. The Brooklyn native originally signed with the New York Yankees in 1937, but after four years in their minor league system, Tommy was traded to the Boston Braves in December of 1941 and debuted the following year. “Kelly”, as he was known to his friends, spent ten years roaming the outfield for the Braves and was an excellent fielder as he posted a .989 fielding percentage over his 11-year career. However, Holmes stood out at the plate and hit .300 or better for five straight yeas (1944-1948) batting in the second or third spot primarily. In 1945, batting mostly second, Tommy led the National League in hits, doubles, HRs, slugging percentage and total bases while batting a career-high .352. He also led the NL in at-bats (629) in 1943 and hits (191) in 1947 and appeared in the 1948 and 1952 World Series with the Braves and Dodgers, respectively, both losing efforts. The two-time All-Star played 11 years with the Boston Braves (1942-1951) and finished his career for one season in his hometown with the Brooklyn Dodgers (1952). With the Dodgers, Tommy served as player/manager in 1951 and strictly manager in 1952 compiling a 61-69 record in 130 career games. Tommy Holmes retired with a .302 career batting average, 1,507 hits, 698 runs and 581 RBI in 1,320 career games.