CHICK HAFEY-HOF-DIED 1971

Charles James "Chick" Hafey ( February 12 , 1903 , Berkeley, California - July 2 , 1973 , Calistoga, California ) was an American player in Major League Baseball .

Playing for the St. Louis Cardinals ( 1924 -1931 ) and Cincinnati Reds (1932 - 1935, 1937), Hafey was known as a strong line-drive hitter who batted for a high average on a consistent basis. Hafey also showed flashes of power, averaging 27 home runs and 114 RBI from 1928 to 1930 . He won the batting title in 1931 with a .349 clip and was considered for the MVP award .

Hafey was part of two World Series championship teams (in 1926 and 1931), both times as a member of the Cardinals.

On April 11 , 1932 Hafey was traded to the Cincinnati Reds, w his career faltered due to a sinus condition that led to his becoming one of the first players to wear glasses on the field ( Specs Toporcer was the first). Although he continued to bat for a solid average, his offensive production decreased. He missed most of 1935 , all of 1936 and retired after a tepid 1937 season.

Hafey finished his career batting .317 with 164 home runs and 833 RBI. He holds the National League record for most consecutive at-bats with a base hit with 10, set in July, 1929 .

He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1971 . In 1981 , Lawrence Ritter and Donald Honig included
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