Preacher Roe was a great pitcher for the Dodgers in the late 40's to 50's. He won 93 games while only losing 37, and is noted for his superb control. Preacher was also famous for throwing a spit-ball, calling it his "money pitch." BTW, he was branded with the nickname at the age of 3 when his uncle asked him his name. The young Roe responded with "Preacher" because of a strong impression a local minister had on him. The minister would take the happy child on horse-and-buggy rides.
Although Preacher was a master on the mound, he was horrible with the bat. He had a career .110 batting average. In 1953 he hit his only home run against the Pirates, and Dodger announced Red Barber had this to say:
"Well, old Number 28 has hit a home run, and we'll never hear the end of it, folks!"Featured here is a 2001 Topps Archives reprint card of Preacher Roe's 1952 Topps card in my collection. It has been signed by him.
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