Granny Hamner Stats

Granny Hamner was born on Tuesday, April 26, 1927, in Richmond, Virginia. Hamner was 17 years old when he broke into the big leagues on September 14, 1944, with the Philadelphia Phillies. His biographical data, year-by-year hitting stats, fielding stats, pitching stats (where applicable), career totals, uniform numbers, salary data and miscellaneous items-of-interest are presented by Baseball Almanac on this comprehensive Granny Hamner baseball stats page.

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"Gran Hamner, the Philadelphia Phillies ' hustling young shortstop, was named captain and field director Tuesday - a job he held last year without much recognition of the fact by his teammates. When Manager Eddie Sawyer informed Hamner of his choice as team captain, the shortstop asked for clarification of his position, Sawyer made it plain that Hamner would be his personal representative with full authority." - The Milwaukee Journal (03/18/1952, 'Hamner Is Given Authority as Team Captain of Phillies', Page 76)

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Granny Hamner Autograph on a 1953 Topps Baseball Card (#146 | <a href='../baseball_cards/baseball_cards_oneset.php?s=1953top01' title='1953 Topps Baseball Card Checklist'>Checklist</a>)

Granny Hamner Autograph on a 1953 Topps Baseball Card (#146 | Checklist )

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Birth Name:
Granville Wilbur Hamner
Nickname:
Gran - Granny - Ham
Born On:
04-26-1927  (Taurus)
Place of Birth Data Born In:
Richmond, Virginia
Year of Death Data Died On:
09-12-1993 ( 500 Oldest Living )
Place of Death Data Died In:
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Cemetery:
Cremated
High School:
Richmond High School (Richmond, VA)
College:
None Attended
Batting Stances Chart Bats:
Right
Throwing Arms Chart Throws:
Right
Player Height Chart Height:
5-10
Player Weight Chart Weight:
163
First Game:
09-14-1944 (Age 17)
Last Game:
08-01-1962
Draft:
Not Applicable

Granny Hamner

Granny Hamner Pitching Stats

1956 29 Phillies 3 1 2 0 1 .000 4.32 0 0 0 8.1 36 10 4 4 0 2 0 4 0 0 0 -
1957 30 Phillies 1 0 1 0 0 .000 0.00 0 0 0 1.0 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 -
1962 35 Athletics 3 0 2 0 1 .000 9.00 0 0 0 4.0 27 10 4 6 0 6 1 0 1 0 0 -
3 Years 7 1 5 0 2 .000 5.40 0 0 0 13.1 67 21 8 10 0 8 1 5 1 0 0 -

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Granny Hamner Hitting Stats

1944 17 Phillies 21 77 6 19 1 0 0 0 5 3 0 7 1 - 0 1 .247 .275 .260
1945 18 Phillies 14 41 3 7 2 0 0 0 6 1 0 3 0 - 0 1 .171 .190 .220
1946 19 Phillies 2 7 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 - 0 0 .143 .143 .143
1947 20 Phillies 2 7 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 - 0 1 .286 .375 .286
1948 21 Phillies 129 446 42 116 21 5 3 0 48 22 2 39 5 - 2 10 .260 .298 .350
1949 22 Phillies 154 662 83 174 32 5 6 0 53 25 0 47 13 - 0 20 .263 .290 .353
1950 23 Phillies 157 637 78 172 27 5 11 0 82 39 5 35 7 - 2 14 .270 .314 .380
1951 24 Phillies 150 589 61 150 23 7 9 1 72 29 1 32 7 - 0 20 .255 .290 .363
1952 25 Phillies 151 596 74 164 30 5 17 1 87 27 1 51 17 - 0 18 .275 .307 .428
1953 26 Phillies 154 609 90 168 30 8 21 1 92 32 9 28 4 - 1 17 .276 .313 .455
1954 27 Phillies 152 596 83 178 39 11 13 0 89 53 9 44 2 9 0 13 .299 .351 .466
1955 28 Phillies 104 405 57 104 12 4 5 0 43 41 1 30 2 5 1 10 .257 .323 .343
1956 29 Phillies 122 401 42 90 24 3 4 0 42 30 5 42 3 4 0 13 .224 .276 .329
1957 30 Phillies 133 502 59 114 19 5 10 0 62 34 3 42 7 5 0 23 .227 .274 .345
1958 31 Phillies 35 133 18 40 7 3 2 0 18 8 0 16 3 0 0 8 .301 .340 .444
1959 32 Phillies 21 64 10 19 4 0 2 0 6 5 1 5 0 0 0 2 .297 .348 .453
1959 32 Indians 27 67 4 11 1 1 1 0 3 1 0 8 0 1 0 2 .164 .174 .254
1962 35 Athletics 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
17 Years 1,531 5,839 711 1,529 272 62 104 3 708 351 37 432 71 24 6 173 .262 .303 .383

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Granny Hamner Fielding Stats

1944 Phillies SS 21 20 582 134 6.4 125 27 98 9 17 n/a n/a n/a .933 5.80
1945 Phillies SS 13 13 282 79 6.1 68 31 37 11 7 n/a n/a n/a .861 6.51
1946 Phillies SS 2 2 24 7 3.5 6 1 5 1 1 n/a n/a n/a .857 6.75
1947 Phillies SS 2 2 54 11 5.5 11 5 6 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 5.50
1948 Phillies 2B 87 80 1,908 449 5.2 434 210 224 15 46 n/a n/a n/a .967 6.14
1948 Phillies 3B 3 1 30 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
1948 Phillies SS 37 34 894 166 4.5 154 60 94 12 20 n/a n/a n/a .928 4.65
1949 Phillies SS 154 154 414 818 5.3 786 280 506 32 101 n/a n/a n/a .961 51.26
1950 Phillies SS 157 157 465 854 5.4 806 293 513 48 100 n/a n/a n/a .944 46.80
1951 Phillies SS 150 150 3,981 744 5.0 713 255 458 31 93 n/a n/a n/a .958 4.84
1952 Phillies SS 151 150 3,954 775 5.1 737 267 470 38 102 n/a n/a n/a .951 5.03
1953 Phillies 2B 93 93 2,379 499 5.4 484 194 290 15 65 n/a n/a n/a .970 5.49
1953 Phillies SS 71 60 1,626 282 4.0 260 91 169 22 40 n/a n/a n/a .922 4.32
1954 Phillies 2B 152 151 441 790 5.2 773 361 412 17 97 n/a n/a n/a .978 47.33
1954 Phillies SS 1 0 18 6 6.0 5 1 4 1 1 n/a n/a n/a .833 7.50
1955 Phillies 2B 82 71 1,866 349 4.3 335 152 183 14 39 n/a n/a n/a .960 4.85
1955 Phillies SS 32 31 786 134 4.2 127 49 78 7 12 n/a n/a n/a .948 4.36
1956 Phillies 2B 11 2 99 10 0.9 10 6 4 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.73
1956 Phillies P 3 1 25 1 0.3 1 0 1 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.08
1956 Phillies SS 110 101 2,712 511 4.6 479 177 302 32 69 n/a n/a n/a .937 4.77
1957 Phillies 2B 125 119 3,162 563 4.5 542 260 282 21 54 n/a n/a n/a .963 4.63
1957 Phillies P 1 0 3 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
1957 Phillies SS 5 5 111 13 2.6 13 4 9 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 3.16
1958 Phillies 2B 11 10 249 48 4.4 46 20 26 2 4 n/a n/a n/a .958 4.99
1958 Phillies 3B 22 22 606 63 2.9 62 17 45 1 7 n/a n/a n/a .984 2.76
1958 Phillies SS 3 2 57 15 5.0 15 7 8 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 7.11
1959 Phillies 3B 1 0 3 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
1959 Phillies SS 15 14 351 57 3.8 54 13 41 3 4 n/a n/a n/a .947 4.15
1959 Indians 2B 7 4 123 31 4.4 31 12 19 0 4 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 6.80
1959 Indians 3B 5 4 108 14 2.8 13 7 6 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .929 3.25
1959 Indians SS 10 5 153 25 2.5 24 11 13 1 2 n/a n/a n/a .960 4.24
1962 Athletics P 3 0 12 1 0.3 1 0 1 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.25
SS Totals 934 900 16,464 4,631 5.0 4,383 1,572 2,811 248 571 n/a n/a n/a .946 7.19
2B Totals 568 530 10,227 2,739 4.8 2,655 1,215 1,440 84 310 n/a n/a n/a .969 7.01
3B Totals 31 27 747 77 2.5 75 24 51 2 7 n/a n/a n/a .974 2.71
P Totals 7 1 40 2 0.3 2 0 2 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.35
17 Years 1,540 1,458 27,478 7,449 4.8 7,115 2,811 4,304 334 888 n/a n/a n/a .955 6.99

Granny Hamner

Granny Hamner Miscellaneous Stats

1944 Phillies 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 11.0 15.4 - - -
1945 Phillies 0 0 .000 0 1 n/a 0.0 13.7 6.8 - - -
1946 Phillies 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 2.3 0.0 - - -
1947 Phillies 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 0.0 0.0 - - -
1948 Phillies 2 0 1.000 4 0 n/a 148.7 11.4 9.3 - - -
1949 Phillies 6 1 .857 0 0 n/a 110.3 14.1 12.5 - - -
1950 Phillies 2 4 .333 0 0 n/a 57.9 18.2 7.8 - - -
1951 Phillies 10 5 .667 0 0 n/a 65.4 18.4 8.2 - - -
1952 Phillies 7 3 .700 1 0 n/a 35.1 11.7 6.9 - - -
1953 Phillies 2 1 .667 1 0 n/a 29.0 21.8 6.6 - - -
1954 Phillies 1 2 .333 1 0 n/a 45.8 13.5 6.7 - - -
1955 Phillies 0 1 .000 1 0 n/a 81.0 13.5 9.4 - - -
1956 Phillies 2 0 1.000 5 0 n/a 100.3 9.5 9.5 2.00 4.32 2.16
1957 Phillies 3 1 .750 8 0 n/a 50.2 12.0 8.1 0.00 9.00 0.00
1958 Phillies 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 66.5 8.3 7.4 - - -
1959 Phillies 0 1 .000 7 0 n/a 32.0 12.8 10.7 - - -
1959 Indians 0 0 .000 11 0 n/a 67.0 8.4 22.3 - - -
1962 Athletics 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.00 0.00 13.50
17 Years 35 19 .648 39 1 n/a 56.1 13.5 8.2 0.63 3.38 5.40

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Granny Hamner Miscellaneous Items of Interest

1944 Philadelphia Phillies 21 Undetermined - -
1945 Philadelphia Phillies 6 Undetermined n/a -
1946 Philadelphia Phillies 37 Undetermined - -
1947 Philadelphia Phillies 35 Undetermined - -
1948 Philadelphia Phillies 6 , 1 Undetermined - -
1949 Philadelphia Phillies 33 , 17 Undetermined - -
1950 Philadelphia Phillies 2 Undetermined - Stats
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1953 Philadelphia Phillies 2 Undetermined Stats -
1954 Philadelphia Phillies 2 $25,000.00 Stats -
1955 Philadelphia Phillies 2 $28,500.00 - -
1956 Philadelphia Phillies 2 Undetermined - -
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1959 Philadelphia Phillies 2 Undetermined - -
1959 Cleveland Indians 7 Undetermined - -
1962 Kansas City Athletics 36 Undetermined - -
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Did you know that 3-time All-Star infielder Granny Hamner broke into the majors when he was 17 years-old, was one of the key players on the "Whiz Kids", had a brother ( Garvin Hamner ) who played in the majors, and threw a knuckleball? Baseball Almanac likes to take a look "beyond the stats" and we hope you enjoy the following historical baseball article about Granny Hamner:

HAMNER THE HAMMER

Granny Hamner was one of the National League's elite infielders from the late 40s through the mid 50s. As a member of the Phillies , he was the first player to start the All-Star Game at two different positions (in '52 at shortstop and in '54 at second base). Hamner was one of the only Phillies to figure out Yankee pitching in the 1950 World Series , hitting a robust .429.

By 1956, Hamner's best days were behind him. Plagued by injuries, Granville's average had slipped to .227 (from .299 two years before). With his team hopelessly buried behind powerhouse clubs like the Dodgers , Braves , Cards and Reds , Hamner began messing around with throwing a knuckleball.

And he got pretty decent at it. Good enough for manager Mayo Smith to use Hamner as a pitcher in three games, including one start. The Phillies

In those 3 mound appearances, Hamner logged a 4.32 era in 8.1 innings of work. Not great numbers, but considering the fact that the entire Phils' staff era for the season was 4.20, they weren't bad.

The Phillies added some talented young players in '57 and were in the race until a late summer slump doomed them. Skipper Smith was trying to win the pennant and not as open to experiments, so Hamner only pitched one inning that year, a scoreless frame.

The former All-Star infielder's playing time steadily diminished and the Phillies traded him to the Indians in 1959 where he ended the first phase of his playing career with a .164 average in 27 games.

His days as a knuckleball pitcher weren't over, however. Charles Finley hired him in 1962 to manage the Kansas City A's Binghamton Triplets farm team. The club was terrible and badly in need of pitching help. After watching his staff get strafed on a daily basis, Hamner decided to trot out the knuckleball again to take some pressure off his beleaguered bullpen.

The results were surprising. In 22 appearances, knuckleballer Granny Hamner logged a 10-4 record and led the Eastern League in era. He even tossed a shutout.

Pitchers on the A's were also getting hammered so Charles Finley thought Hamner could repeat the magic at Municipal Stadium against major league hitters. The Richmond, Virginia native was reluctant to begin a second major league career; he realized that getting tough teams like the Yankees and Tigers out with his knuckleball would be a little bit more difficult than dispatching the heart of the Elmira Pioneers' line-up.

But Finley insisted and Granny Hamner was back in the majors. But not for long. Baseball stats guru Bill James says that Hamner:

pitched a little bit, but very badly and then retired in embarrassment, over the objections of the A's management, who thought the 36-year-old Hamner was one of their best pitching prospects. Which, come to think of it, he probably was.

(Source: Bill James, The New Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract , Free Press Publishers, 06/05/2003, Page 639)

Hamner never pitched again professionally. He later managed other farm teams with varying degrees of success but never resorted to taking the mound in an effort to help out his pitchers. Too bad; it would have been interesting to see if he could have repeated his Eastern League mound success in subsequent seasons.

As they were, Granny Hamner's days as a knuckleballer were an interesting footnote to a fine career.

A Baseball Almanac exclusive written by baseball historian Chris Williams . Author. Writer. Researcher.

Robin Roberts once said that Granny Hamner (Robert Gordon, The Greatest Phillies Stories Ever Told , Triumph Books, 05/01/2013, Page 57), "was a tough player, but injuries did him in. He hurt his leg, and once that happened, he had no mobility. But in his early years he was special. He had a phenomenal arm at short, and he made the DP relay as well as I've ever seen it done. He was a natural at short and a decent second baseman." How decent? Hamner was the first player to start an All-Star Game at two different positions - shortstop in the 1952 All-Star Game and second base in the 1954 All-Star Game .

Granny Hamner Team Captain
Granny Hamner Team Captain | The Milwaukee Journal | 03-18-1952 | Page 2
Granny Hamner was one of the key players on the "Whiz Kids", a team captain (see article above about his duties), and he set team ( Phillies ) records for most home runs by a shortstop (17 in 1952) and second baseman (21 in 1953) during a single season.
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