Whitey Lockman

Lockman homered in his first ML at-bat, July 5, 1945 and once led off consecutive games with home runs, but he was never a feared power hitter. He hit a career-high 18 homers in 1948, his first full season, and had his only .300 season in 1949. Still, he was a consistent contributor and one of the hardest men to double up in ML history, hitting into one double play every 87 at-bats. In the Giants-Dodgers playoff series in 1951, his ninth-inning double drove Don Newcombe from the game and set the stage for Bobby Thomson’s famous home run.