Henry Louis Aaron, nicknamed "Hammer" or "Hammerin' Hank", is a retired American Major League Baseball right fielder who serves as the senior vice president of the Atlanta Braves. He played 21 seasons for the Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves in the National League and two seasons for the Milwaukee Brewers in the American League, from 1954 through 1976. Aaron held the MLB record for career home runs for 33 years, he still holds several MLB offensive records, he hit 24 or more home runs every year from 1955 through 1973, is one of only two players to hit 30 or more home runs in a season at least fifteen times. In 1999, The Sporting News ranked Aaron fifth on its "100 Greatest Baseball Players" list. Aaron was raised in and around Mobile, Alabama. Aaron had seven siblings, including Tommie Aaron, who played in MLB with him, he appeared in the Negro American League and in minor league baseball before starting his major league career. By his final MLB season, Aaron was the last Negro league baseball player on a major league roster.
Aaron played the vast majority of his MLB games in right field, though he appeared at several other infield and outfield positions. In his last two seasons, he was a designated hitter. Aaron was an NL All-Star for 20 seasons and an AL All-Star for 1 season, from 1955 through 1975. Aaron holds the record for the most seasons as an All-Star and the most All-Star Game selections, is tied with Willie Mays and Stan Musial for the most All-Star Games played, he was a Gold Glove winner for three seasons. In 1957, he was the NL Most Valuable Player, he won the NL Player of the Month award in May 1958 and June 1967. Aaron holds the MLB records for the most career runs batted in, extra base hits, total bases. Aaron is in the top five for career hits and runs, he is one of only four players to have at least seventeen seasons with 150 or more hits. Aaron is in second place in home runs and at-bats, in third place in games played. At the time of his retirement, Aaron held most of the game's key career power hitting records.
Since his retirement, Aaron has held front office roles with the Atlanta Braves. He was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1982. In 1999, MLB introduced the Hank Aaron Award to recognize the top offensive players in each league, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2002. He was named a 2010 Georgia Trustee by the Georgia Historical Society in recognition of accomplishments that reflect the ideals of Georgia's founders. Aaron resides near Atlanta. Aaron was born in Alabama to Herbert Aaron, Sr. and Estella Aaron. He had seven siblings. Tommie Aaron, one of his brothers went on to play Major League Baseball. By the time Aaron retired, he and his brother held the record for most career home runs by a pair of siblings, they were the first siblings to appear in a League Championship Series as teammates. While he was born in a section of Mobile referred to as "Down the Bay", he spent most of his youth in Toulminville. Aaron grew up in a poor family, his family could not afford baseball equipment, so he practiced by hitting bottle caps with sticks.
He would create his own balls out of materials he found on the streets. His boyhood idol was baseball star Jackie Robinson. Aaron attended Central High School as a sophomore. Like most high schools they did not have organized baseball, so he played outfield and third base for the Mobile Black Bears, a semipro team. Aaron was a member of the Boy Scouts of America. Although he batted cross-handed, Aaron established himself as a power hitter; as a result, in 1949, at the age of fifteen, Aaron had his first tryout with an MLB franchise, the Brooklyn Dodgers. After this, Aaron returned to school to finish his secondary education, attending the Josephine Allen Institute, a private high school in Alabama. During his junior year, Aaron first joined the Pritchett Athletics, followed by the Mobile Black Bears, an independent Negro league team. While on the Bears, Aaron earned $3 per game, a dollar more than he got while on the Athletics. On November 20, 1951, baseball scout Ed Scott signed Aaron to a contract on behalf of the Indianapolis Clowns of the Negro American League where he played three months.
He started play as a 6 feet, 180 pounds and earned $200 per month. As a result of his standout play with the Indianapolis Clowns, Aaron received two offers from MLB teams via telegram, one from the New York Giants and the other from the Boston Braves. Years Aaron remembered: I had the Giants' contract in my hand, but the Braves offered fifty dollars a month more. That's the only thing that kept me from being teammates -- fifty dollars. While with the Clowns he experienced some overt racism, his team was in Washington, D. C. We had breakfast while we were waiting for the rain to stop, I can still envision sitting with the Clowns in a restaurant behind Griffith Stadium and hearing them break all the plates in the kitchen after we finished eating. What a horrible sound; as a kid, the irony of it hit me: here we were in the capital in the land of freedom and equality, they had to destroy the plates that had touched the forks, in the mouths of black men. If dogs had eaten off those plates, they'd have washed them.
The Howe Sports Bureau credits Aaron with a.366 batting average in 26 official Negro league games, with 5 home runs, 33 runs batted in, 41 hits, 9 stolen bases. The Braves purchased Aaron from the Clowns for $10,000
Isabela, Puerto Rico
Isabela is a municipality of Puerto Rico located in the north-western region of the island, north of San Sebastián. It is named in honor of Isabella I of Castile. Isabela is spread over 13 wards and Isabela Pueblo, the downtown area and administrative center, it is a principal part of the Aguadilla-Isabela-San Sebastián Metropolitan Statistical Area. The town is known as the "Jardín del Noroeste", the "Garden of the Northwest", because of the many wild flowers in its landscape, it is known as "El Pueblo de los Quesitos de Hoja", the "Town of Leaf Cheeses," for its production of a typical fresh white cheese wrapped in banana plant leaves, reputed to be the best. It is known as la Ciudad de los Gallitos or the "City of the Fighting Cocks." Since the 18th century, cock fighting was common throughout the island, the town became famous and well known for the quality of its fighting cocks and special breeding and training techniques used by its people. The chief Mabodamaca, one of the most important chieftains of the Island of Borinquen during the first decades of the 16th century, ruled the region of the'Guajataca' where Isabela was founded.
Although the actual date of the origins of the first Spanish settlement is not known, a small settlement/hermitage is known to have existed by the end of the 17th century or beginning of the 18th century in a great extension of land into what encompass today the municipalities of Isabela and Quebradillas. The settlement was bordered to the east with the shoreline of the Guajataca River and was located on the grounds of an earlier Taíno settlement. Around 1725, José Antonio de Mendizábal y Azares, Governor of the Island of Puerto Rico granted authorization to base a population on the existing hermitage/village, its given name, San Antonio de La Tuna, derives from the avocation of the Spanish settlers to the saint San Antonio de Padua and in honor of a wild cactus growing in the region. At the end of the 18th century San Antonio de la Tuna had a church, more than sixty houses, 1,200 inhabitants, a considerable population for those times. Prompted by economic and health factors, the decision to relocate the hermitage to a more favorable location was pursued.
Around 1818, the village obtained authorization from Governor Salvador Meléndez to transfer the population to a new location closer to the coast. Meléndez approved the transfer request and a new town was founded the following year on May 21, 1819. In the same year the construction of the church began, was finished in 1824. In 1918 the church was damaged during a strong earthquake that affected the western region of the island, it was rebuilt soon after. According to the 2010 Census, there were 45,631 people in the city; this represents an increase of more than 1,000 from the 2000 Census. The population density was 825.1 inhabitants per square mile. There were 21,267 housing units. 23.8 % of residents were under the age of 14.7 % were 65 years of age or older. The gender make up was 51.3 % female. As a whole, Puerto Rico is populated by people from a Creole or Spanish and European descent, with small groups of African and Asian people. Statistics taken from the 2000 census shows that 83.6% of Aguadillanos have Spanish or white origin, 5.0% are black, 0.2% are Amerindian, 0.2% Asian, 0.1% Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, 8.2% were Some other race, 2.8% Two or more races.
Isabela is a hybrid town of sorts, with the rarity of being a coastline city that has beaches but is known for its mountains, lakes, cliffs, coastal flats and forests. Geographically, the municipality of Isabela belongs to the Northern Coastal Plains. Running through the south, the Aymamón mountains, a prolongation of the Jaicoa Mountain Range that begins in the neighboring town of Aguadilla, boasts peaks of over 1,000 feet above sea level; the most prominent hills that are part of these mountains are La Bandera at 1,207 ft. The central part of the territory consists of flatlands, the mountains do not surpass 656 feet in height and the coastline flats are above sea level. Like all municipalities of Puerto Rico, Isabela is subdivided into barrios. One of Isabela's current main industries is tourism, because it's a coastal city with several beautiful beaches, outstanding panoramic views and other diverse attractions such as its rainforest, lake, cordillera mountains, submarine rivers and caves and archaeological sites among other things.
It is visited by many local tourists as well as those seeking some sun and fun from the United States mainland and other countries. El Pozo Brujo Jobos Beach & Pozo de Jacinto Montones Beach San Antonio de la Tuna Ruins Punta Sardina La Poza de Punta Sandina La Princesa Beach & Blow Hole Centro Empresarial Playero - Villa Pesquera Shacks Beach Río Guajataca Guajataca Tunnel La Cara del Indio La Posita de Teodoro Middle Beach La Posita de Montones Casa Parroquial Parroquia San Antonio de la Tuna La Posita de la Princesa Shore Island Beach Paseo Lineal San Antonio de la Tuna Museum La Pocita de Isabela La Cueva de las Golo
The World Series is the annual championship series of Major League Baseball in North America, contested since 1903 between the American League champion team and the National League champion team. The winner of the World Series championship is determined through a best-of-seven playoff, the winning team is awarded the Commissioner's Trophy; as the series is played during the fall season in North America, it is sometimes referred to as the Fall Classic. Prior to 1969, the team with the best regular season win-loss record in each league automatically advanced to the World Series; as of 2018, the World Series has been contested 114 times, with the AL winning 66 and the NL winning 48. The 2018 World Series took place between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Boston Red Sox from October 23–28, with the Red Sox winning in five games to earn their ninth title; this was the first World Series meeting between these two teams since 1916. Having lost to the Houston Astros in the 2017 World Series, the Dodgers became the 11th team to lose the World Series in consecutive seasons.
In the American League, the New York Yankees have played in 40 World Series and won 27, the Philadelphia/Kansas City/Oakland Athletics have played in 14 and won 9, the Boston Red Sox have played in 13 and won 9, including the first World Series. In the National League, the St. Louis Cardinals have appeared in 19 and won 11, the New York/San Francisco Giants have played in 19 and won 8, the Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers have appeared in 20 and won 6, the Cincinnati Reds have appeared in 9 and won 5; as of 2018, no team has won consecutive World Series championships since the New York Yankees in 1998, 1999, 2000—the longest such drought in Major League Baseball history. Until the formation of the American Association in 1882 as a second major league, the National Association of Professional Base Ball Players and the National League represented the top level of organized baseball in the United States. All championships were awarded to the team with the best record at the end of the season, without a postseason series being played.
From 1884 to 1890, the National League and the American Association faced each other in a series of games at the end of the season to determine an overall champion. These series were disorganized in comparison to the modern World Series, with the terms arranged through negotiation of the owners of the championship teams beforehand; the number of games played ranged from as few as three in 1884, to a high of fifteen in 1887. Both the 1885 and 1890 Series ended in each team having won three games with one tie game; the series was promoted and referred to as "The Championship of the United States", "World's Championship Series", or "World's Series" for short. In his book Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded: August 27, 1883, Simon Winchester mentions in passing that the World Series was named for the New York World newspaper, but this view is disputed; the 19th-century competitions are, not recognized as part of World Series history by Major League Baseball, as it considers 19th-century baseball to be a prologue to the modern baseball era.
Until about 1960, some sources treated the 19th-century Series on an equal basis with the post-19th-century series. After about 1930, many authorities list the start of the World Series in 1903 and discuss the earlier contests separately. Following the collapse of the American Association after the 1891 season, the National League was again the only major league; the league championship was awarded in 1892 by a playoff between half-season champions. This scheme was abandoned after one season. Beginning in 1893—and continuing until divisional play was introduced in 1969—the pennant was awarded to the first-place club in the standings at the end of the season. For four seasons, 1894–1897, the league champions played the runners-up in the post season championship series called the Temple Cup. A second attempt at this format was the Chronicle-Telegraph Cup series, played only once, in 1900. In 1901, the American League was formed as a second major league. No championship series were played in 1901 or 1902 as the National and American Leagues fought each other for business supremacy.
After two years of bitter competition and player raiding, the National and American Leagues made peace and, as part of the accord, several pairs of teams squared off for interleague exhibition games after the 1903 season. These series were arranged by the participating clubs. One of them matched the two pennant winners, Pittsburgh Pirates of the NL and Boston Americans of the AL, it had been arranged well in advance by the two owners, as both teams were league leaders by large margins. Boston upset Pittsburgh by five games to three, winning with pitching depth behind Cy Young and Bill Dinneen and with the support of the band of Royal Rooters; the Series brought much civic pride to Boston and proved the new American League could beat the Nationals. The 1904 Series, if it had been held, would have been between the AL's Boston Americans and the NL's New York Giants. At that point there was no gover
The American League of Professional Baseball Clubs, or the American League, is one of two leagues that make up Major League Baseball in the United States and Canada. It developed from the Western League, a minor league based in the Great Lakes states, which aspired to major league status, it is sometimes called the Junior Circuit because it claimed Major League status for the 1901 season, 25 years after the formation of the National League. At the end of every season, the American League champion plays in the World Series against the National League champion. Through 2018, American League teams have won 66 of the 114 World Series played since 1903, with 27 of those coming from the New York Yankees alone; the New York Yankees have won 40 American League titles, the most in the league's history, followed by the Philadelphia/Kansas City/Oakland Athletics and the Boston Red Sox. A minor league known as the Western League which existed 1885 to 1899, with teams in Great Lakes states, the newly organized Western League developed into a rival major league after the previous American Association disbanded after ten seasons as a competitor to the older National League of Professional Baseball Clubs, founded in 1876.
In its early history of the late 1880s, the minor Western League struggled until 1894, when Ban Johnson became the president of the league. Johnson led the Western League into elevation as claiming major league status and soon became the president of the newly renamed American League of Professional Baseball Clubs in 1901; the American League was founded in Milwaukee, Wisconsin at the former Republican Hotel by five Irishmen. George Herman Ruth, noted as one of the most prolific hitters in Major League Baseball history, spent the majority of his career in the American League with the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees; the American League has one notable difference versus the rival National League, in that in modern times since 1973 it has had the designated hitter rule. Under the rule, a team may use a batter in its lineup, not in the field defensively, replacing the pitcher in the batting order, compared to the old rule that made it mandatory for the pitcher to bat. In the last two decades, the season schedule has allowed occasional interleague play.
Until the late 1970s, league umpires working behind home plate wore large, balloon-style chest protectors worn outside the shirt or coat, while their brethren in the National League wore chest protectors inside the shirt or coat. In 1977, new umpires had to wear the inside chest protector, although those on staff wearing the outside protector could continue to do so. Most umpires made the switch to the inside protector, led by Don Denkinger in 1975 and Jim Evans the next year, although several did not, including Bill Haller, Lou DiMuro, George Maloney, Jerry Neudecker, who became the last MLB umpire to use the outside protector in 1985. In 1994, the league, along with the National League, reorganized again, into three divisions and added a third round to the playoffs in the form of the American League Division Series, with the best second-place team advancing to the playoffs as a wild-card team, in addition to the three divisional champions. In 1998, the newly franchised Tampa Bay Devil Rays joined the league, the Arizona Diamondbacks joined the National League: i.e. each league each added a fifteenth team.
An odd number of teams per league meant that at least one team in each league would have to be idle on any given day, or alternatively that odd team out would have had to play an interleague game against its counterpart in the other league. The initial plan was to have three five-team divisions per league with inter league play year-round—possibly as many as 30 interleague games per team each year. For various reasons, it soon seemed more practical to have an number of teams in both leagues; the Milwaukee Brewers agreed moving from the AL Central to the NL Central. At the same time, the Detroit Tigers were moved from the AL East to the AL Central, making room for the Devil Rays in the East. Following the move of the Houston Astros, in the NL for 51 years since beginning as an expansion team in 1962, to the American League in 2013, both leagues now consist of 15 teams, a far cry from their original 8 for the first half-century of the 20th century. For the first 96 years, American League teams faced their National League counterparts only in exhibition games or in the World Series.
Beginning in 1997, interleague games have been played during the regular season and count in the standings. As part of the agreement instituting interleague play, the designated-hitter rule is used only in games where the American League team is the home team. There were eight charter teams in 1901, the league's first year as a major league, the next year the original Milwaukee Brewers moved to St. Louis to become the St. Louis Browns; these franchises constituted the league for 52 seasons, until the Browns moved to Baltimore and took up the name Baltimore Orioles. All eight original franchises remain in the American League, although only four remain in the original cities; the eight original teams and their counterparts in the "Classic Eight" were: original Baltimore Orioles (went b
Joseph Wilbur Adcock was a major league baseball player and manager in the Major and Minor Leagues. He was best known as a first baseman and right-handed slugger with the powerful Milwaukee Braves teams of the 1950s, whose career included numerous home run feats. A sure-handed defensive player, he retired with the third highest career fielding percentage by a first baseman, his nickname "Billy Joe" was modeled after Vanderbilt University basketball star "Billy Joe Adcock" and was popularized by Vin Scully. Born in Coushatta, the seat of Red River Parish in northwestern Louisiana, Adcock attended Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, where he played on the baseball team, he was signed by the Cincinnati Reds, however Ted Kluszewski had firm hold on the team's first base slot. Adcock played in left field from 1950 to 1952, but was unhappy, demanding a trade, which he received, his first season with the Milwaukee Braves was capped by a mammoth home run into the center field bleachers at the Polo Grounds on April 29, 1953, a feat which had never been done before and would only be accomplished twice more, by Hank Aaron and Lou Brock.
On July 31, 1954, Adcock accomplished the rare feat of homering four times in a single game, against the Brooklyn Dodgers at Ebbets Field hitting a double off the top of the wall to set a record for most total bases in a game which stood for 48 years, until broken by Shawn Green in 2002. Another notable home run was the blast ending the epic duel between Lew Burdette and Harvey Haddix on May 26, 1959, in which Haddix took a perfect game into the 13th inning. Adcock did not get credit for a home run, because Aaron –, on first base – saw Félix Mantilla, the runner ahead of him, score the winning run and thought the hit had only been a double and walked back to the dugout, causing Adcock to be called out for passing him on the base paths. Adcock was overshadowed both by his own teammates Aaron and Eddie Mathews, by the other slugging first basemen in the league and Gil Hodges, although he did make one All-Star team and was among the league leaders in home runs. In 1956, he finished second in the National League in home runs, runs batted in, slugging average.
After concluding his playing career with the Cleveland Indians and Los Angeles/California Angels, Adcock managed the Cleveland Indians for one year, with the team registering its worst percentage finish in 21 years, finishing eighth in a 10-team league. Following the season he was replaced as Cleveland manager by Alvin Dark. Adcock managed two more years in the minor leagues before settling down at his 288-acre ranch in Coushatta to raise horses, he died in Coushatta at age 71 in 1999 as a result of Alzheimer's Disease. List of Major League Baseball career home run leaders List of Major League Baseball career runs batted in leaders List of Major League Baseball single-game home run leaders Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference Joe Adcock at Find a Grave
Donald Albert Hoak, nicknamed "Tiger", was an American professional baseball third baseman and coach. He played eleven seasons in Major League Baseball for the Brooklyn Dodgers, Chicago Cubs, Cincinnati Redlegs, Pittsburgh Pirates, Philadelphia Phillies, he broke into the professional baseball in 1947 after a stint in the United States Navy towards the end of World War II. He signed with the Brooklyn Dodgers organization and worked his way up the organization based solely on his glove, speed on the bases and tenacity. In 1954, his patience was rewarded by a spot on the Brooklyn Dodgers roster. During his two seasons with the Dodgers, Hoak shared third base duties with Jackie Robinson and Billy Cox. In 1955, the Dodgers defeated the New York Yankees in the World Series to win their only championship in Brooklyn. Hoak played third base in place of Robinson in the seventh and deciding game of that Series—the only World Series game Robinson did not play in during his career when his team was in the World Series.
After the season, Hoak was traded to the Chicago Cubs. In 1956, Hoak batted.215 with 5 home runs and 37 RBIs, set a National League record by striking out six times in one game, against six different pitchers, in which 48 players were used in a 17-inning marathon on May 2, won by the visiting New York Giants 6-5. After the 1956 season the Cubs traded Hoak to the Cincinnati Redlegs in a five-player deal. In 1957 Hoak improved his batting average to.293, after leading the league well into May at over.400, set career highs in home runs and RBIs, as well as leading the National League in doubles with 39. In a game against the Milwaukee Braves on April 21, Hoak was involved in a controversial play that would lead to a change in the rules, he was on second base and teammate Gus Bell was on first, when Wally Post hit a ground ball to short. Hoak broke up a potential double play by fielding the ball himself and flipping it to Milwaukee shortstop Johnny Logan. Hoak was called out for interference; the day before, Johnny Temple let Bell's ground ball hit him with the same result, Temple being called out for interference and Bell being awarded a single.
The two incidents prompted league presidents Warren Giles and Will Harridge to jointly announce a rule change that declared both the runner and batter out if the runner intentionally interferes with a batted ball, with no runners allowed to advance. 1957 marked Hoak's only All-Star appearance, but it would be mired in controversy—though not of Hoak's doing. At the time, as they do fans had the right to vote for the starters; as a result, a ballot stuffing campaign by Reds fans resulted in Hoak, Temple, Bell, Ed Bailey, Roy McMillan, Frank Robinson being voted into the starting lineup. First baseman George Crowe 36 and the eventual team home run leader with 31, was the only Red not selected. Commissioner Ford Frick removed Bell and Post from the starting lineup and replaced them with Willie Mays and Hank Aaron. Frick stripped the fans of the right to vote for the starters, which they’d held since 1947 and wouldn't hold again until 1970. In the third inning of that game, Hoak grounded out to shortstop Harvey Kuenn in his only plate appearance.
He was subsequently replaced by Eddie Mathews. Hoak batted.261 for the Reds during the 1958 season before being traded, along with Harvey Haddix and Smoky Burgess, to the Pittsburgh Pirates for four players in January 1959. It was Hoak's throwing error that cost Haddix his perfect game against the Braves after retiring 36 batters in a row on May 26, 1959; the Braves went on to win that game, 1-0. In 1960, Hoak batted.282 on a Pirates team. During the Pirates’ championship season, Hoak finished second in National League MVP honors to teammate Dick Groat. Hoak batted a career-high.298 during the 1961 season, but slumped to.241 in 1962. After the 1962 season, the Pirates traded him to the Philadelphia Phillies for Pancho Herrera and Ted Savage, he batted.231 during the 1963 season was released in May 1964 after making only six plate appearances—all in pinch-hitting roles. He retired forthwith, but returned to the Phillies as a scout for the final month of the season—during which the Phillies lost the pennant to the St. Louis Cardinals by one game after leading the National League by 6 1/2 games with two weeks remaining.
Don Hoak played in the Dominican Republic during the 1956 season with the Escogido team. In those days the radio announcer called him "el loquito Hoak" for his risky plays which contributed to his team winning several games and the season. In a final series a game was won when he stole home after making the pitcher nervous several times moving between third and home. Hoak was married to singer/actress Jill Corey, whom he first met at Forbes Field during the Pirates' 1960 se
Delbert Rice Jr. was an American professional baseball player and manager. He played for 17 seasons as a catcher in Major League Baseball from 1945 to 1961, most notably for the St. Louis Cardinals. Although Rice was a weak hitter, he sustained a lengthy career in the major leagues due to his valuable defensive abilities. A native of Portsmouth, Rice attended Portsmouth High School where he starred in football and track as well as baseball, he was contracted as an amateur free agent by the St. Louis Cardinals in 1941. Although Rice received his induction notice into the military in 1943, he was turned down because of a physical disqualification. After playing in the minor leagues for four seasons, he made his major league debut with the Cardinals on 2 May, 1945 at the age of 22. Shortly after the season began, the Cardinals sold their star catcher, Walker Cooper to the New York Giants, leaving Rice to share catching duties with Ken O'Dea. Although they competed for the same job, the veteran O'Dea, who had played with Hall of Fame catcher Gabby Hartnett in Chicago during the 1930s, provided Rice with valuable help in learning the intricacies of catching in the major leagues.
Rice posted a.261 batting average in 83 games as the Cardinals finished in second place, three games behind the Chicago Cubs. Although he served as a backup catcher to Joe Garagiola in 1946, he played whenever Harry Brecheen pitched; the Cardinals ended the season tied for first place with the Brooklyn Dodgers and the two teams met in the 1946 National League tie-breaker series. It was the first playoff tiebreaker in Major League Baseball history; the Cardinals won the first two games of the best-of-three game series to capture the National League pennant. In the 1946 World Series against the Boston Red Sox, Rice caught all three of Brecheen's victories, as the Cardinals defeated the Red Sox in seven games, he was the hitting standout in Game 2, with a single, a double and a walk, scoring two runs in the Cardinals' 3-0 victory. In 1947, Rice caught the majority of the team's games and guided the Cardinals' pitching staff to the lowest team earned run average and the most strikeouts in the National League, as the Cardinals finished in second place to the Dodgers.
His pitch-calling skills were made evident once again in 1949, leading the Cardinals' pitching staff to the lowest team earned run average in the league, as the Cardinals once again finished in second place, one game behind the Dodgers. Rice had his best season in 1952, posting a.259 batting average along with 11 home runs and a career-high 65 runs batted in. He led National League catchers in games played, assists and in baserunners caught stealing; the following season, Rice was named as a reserve player for the National League team in the 1953 All-Star Game, although an injury kept him from participating in the game. Rice was injured during a game against the Dodgers on 7 June, 1954 when Roy Campanella stole home and spiked Rice's leg. While he was sidelined with the injury, his replacement, Bill Sarni hit for a.300 average for the remainder of the season. In the middle of the 1955 season, the 32-year-old Rice was traded to the Milwaukee Braves, who were in need of a backup catcher for their perennial All-Star, Del Crandall.
He became pitcher Bob Buhl's personal catcher, as Buhl didn't like having Crandall calling his pitches. In 1956, Rice helped Buhl to an 18-8 record as the Braves held first place with two games left in the season before the team faltered and finished the season one game behind the Dodgers. In the 1957 season, Buhl again won 18 games and posted a 2.74 earned run average with Rice as his catcher, as the Braves won the National League pennant. Rice became a member of his second world championship winning team when the Braves defeated the New York Yankees in the 1957 World Series; the Braves won the National League pennant for a second consecutive year in 1958, but lost a rematch with the Yankees in the 1958 World Series. In June 1959, Rice suffered a broken leg in a collision at home plate with Willie Mays, he was used sparingly upon his return. He played in only a handful of games before he was given a coaching position in late August to make room on the roster for another player; the Braves released him at the end of the season.
Rice played for the Chicago Cubs in 1960, but was released in June when the Cubs acquired catcher Jim Hegan. One of the 18 games Rice caught, he was re-signed with the Cardinals, but only appeared in one game before being selected off waivers by the Baltimore Orioles in September. After appearing in only one game for the Orioles, he was released in October. Rice became the first player to sign with the Los Angeles Angels expansion team, he played in 30 games during their inaugural 1961 campaign and was released as a player at the end of the season, but was retained within the organization. He played in his final major league game on 31 August 1961 at the age of 39. In a seventeen-year major league career, Rice played in 1,309 games, accumulating 908 hits in 3,826 at bats for a.237 career batting average along with 79 home runs, 441 runs batted in and an on-base percentage of.312. He ended his career with a.987 fielding percentage. Rice was known for his strong defensive skills, leading National League catchers in fielding percentage in 1948 and 1949, tying for the lead in double plays in 1949, 1950 and 1951.
Rice had a career in the National Basketball League, playing four seasons for the Rochester Royals from 1946 until 1950, when Fred Saigh, the Cardinals owner, asked him to concentrate on baseball. Rice was a longtime member of the Angels' organization. After retiring as a player, he was retained