Ernie Lombardi

Ernie Lombardi
Birthdate 4/6/1908
Death Date 9/26/1977
Debut Year 1931
Year of Induction 1986
Teams Braves, Dodgers, Giants, Reds
Position Catcher

A two-time batting champ with a .306 lifetime average, Ernie Lombardi was the 1938 National League Most Valuable Player and a 7-time All Star.

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Catcher Ernie Lombardi earned two batting crowns

Catcher Ernie Lombardi earned two batting crowns

Ernie Lomardi hit over .300 ten times despite being one of the slowest runners in the history of the game. A two-time batting champ, Lombardi enjoyed a 17-year career from 1931-1947. In the collection is this letter handwritten by the catcher on his 46th birthday. He writes in part, “Had a lit
Lombardi caught both of Vander Meer's back-to-back no-hitters

Lombardi caught both of Vander Meer's back-to-back no-hitters

When Johnny Vander Meer made baseball history by pitching no-hitters in consecutive starts, it was Ernie Lombardi who caught both games. Vandy pitched his first gem against the Boston Braves on June 11, 1938. His next start four days later he victimized the Brooklyn Dodgers. The ’38 campaign w
Lombardi was one of the slowest runners in baseball history

Lombardi was one of the slowest runners in baseball history

In addition to his outstanding bat control, Ernie Lombardi was known as one of the slowest runners in the history of baseball. Infielders played as deep as their arms would allow. Lombardi is reported to have joked that it took him three seasons to realize Pee Wee Reese was the Dodgers’ shorts
Ernie Lombardi's induction into the Hall of Fame came on August 3, 1986.

Ernie Lombardi's induction into the Hall of Fame came on August 3, 1986.

The Veterans Committee selected Ernie Lombardi and Red Sox second baseman Bobby Doerr to receive baseball’s highest honor. The same year the baseball writers made Giants great Willie McCovey their 23rd first-ballot selection. Together the three men were inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame

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