Introducing… Curt Walker

A left-handed hitTer, right-handed thrower, Curt Walker was noted for his triples hitting.  He still holds the record for most triples hit, two, in the same inning.  A good average hitter who never appeared in a World Series, Curt was on one pennant winning roster, the 1921 New York Giants, but was traded to the Phillies before the Fall Classic.

A veteran of World War I, Walker made his debut at the Major League level after his discharge with the New York Yankees.  Curt got one at-bat with the Yankees in 1919 before he joined the crosstown Giants in 1920.  Strictly a reserve in New York, Walker didn’t receive regular playing time until he was dealt to the Phillies for outfielder Irish Meusel.  As the Phillies everyday right fielder in 1922, Curt led senior circuit right fielders with 196 hits.

When Walker’s numbers fell in 1923 the Phillies looked to unload him and they found a willing taker in the Reds.  Curt would establish himself in the pasture at Cincy.  For the Reds in 1925, Curt hit .318 and legged out 16 triples (2nd in the NL).  Even better in 1926, he tallied 20 triples (again 2nd in the NL) and banged out 175 base hits–second to Hall of Famer Paul Waner among NL right fielders. 

A very difficult strikeout victim, Walker only whiffed 19 times during the 1927 season.  But his 1928 season was cut short due to a fractured skull.  The cranium trouble didn’t hurt his offense, as Curt raised his batting average to .313 in 1929 while tying for second place in the triples department.  His eye still keen after the injury, Curt drew 85 walks while only sitting down on strikes a low 17 times. 

In Curt’s final year, 1930, he ended his Major League days a still productive player.  He hit .307 his final season and posted his seventh consecutive season with ten or more triples.  He played two years in Indianapolis after his Major League days were over. 

THE NUMBERS

G 1,359/R 718/H 1,475/2B 235/3B 117/HR 64/RBI 688/SB 96/BB 535/SO 254/BA .304/SA .440/OBP .374

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1 comment
  1. brettkiser said:

    As a ballplayer who never led the league in a major offensive category, and who wasn’t quite up to speed with peers like Paul Waner, Walker’s chances for the HOF are very weak.

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