Willard Marshall

A slow-footed but sure-handed outfielder, Marshall had one of the most powerful throwing arms in the league. At the Giants’ spring training camp in 1942, the polite, unheralded youngster so impressed manager Mel Ott that he started the season as the Giants’ regular left fielder. After a slow start, the lefthanded-hitting rookie came on strong, finishing with a .257 batting average and 59 RBI in 116 games. Following a three-year stint in the Marines, Marshall rejoined the Giants in 1946. He had his best season the next year, contributing 36 home runs to the club’s NL record total of 225, and driving in 107 runs. Although he never approached that homer or RBI figure again, he hit a career-high .307 for the Giants in 1949, and later had several solid seasons with the Braves and Reds.