Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Dodger Correspondence: Mal Mallette

Mal Mallette was another one of those athletes who went off to war to do their duty during a time in his life when he could have been seasoning his craft in the minors. Nevertheless, he played professionally for several years, but only pitched in 2 games for the Dodgers in 1950. A veritable cup of coffee.

He got into 2 games, pitching 1.1 innings, facing only 7 batters and recorded 2 strikeouts. Mallette did not give up a run. After his playing days he joined the press and spent 15 years as a reporter and editor, and worked for the American Press Institute for 21 years. Iin 2002, he was elected into the North Carolina Journalism of Fame.

He writes to young Harry the following:
My career spanned seven season after my return from WWII. I retired at age 29 because arm surgery had taken away most of my fastball. After two excellent AAA seasons at Montreal it seemed likely that I would be recalled by the Dodgers. Good Luck.
In those two great season with Montreal he won 23 games and lost 2.
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