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Earl Battey: A defensive catcher who could hit

Earl Battey was a five-time All-Star and three-time Gold Glove Award winner spanning a career from 1955 after signing as an amateur free agent to 1967 when he hung up the cleats while playing for the Minnesota Twins, for whom he's in the team’s Hall of Fame.

Battey was known for his defense, but he batted .270 with 104 home runs and 449 RBI, certainly not bad for a backstop.

As pointed out in Ronnie Joyner’s bio-illustration, things might have gone differently for Battey had he chosen instead to play for the Harlem Globetrotters: 


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