Sgt Hank Bauer In Right Field

Sgt Hank Bauer In Right Field

By Joe Guzzardi 

During the New York Yankees’ unprecedented five consecutive World Series Championships, 1949-1953, manager Casey Stengel had an arsenal of stars and superstars he relied on. Some were icons like Mickey Mantle; others were interchangeable standouts like outfielders Irv Noren and Gene Woodling.

But a key Stengel cog was U.S. Marine Corp Sergeant Henry Albert “Hank” Bauer who survived the World War II battles of Guadalcanal, Guam and Okinawa. During the three encounters, more than 12,000 Americans perished, and thousands more were severely injured. Bauer was awarded two Bronze Stars, two Purple Hearts and a Commendation Medal for sustained acts of bravery and meritorious service.

Bauer’s heroism came despite enduring 24 separate malaria attacks during his four years in the South Pacific. On Guam in 1944, shrapnel from an artillery shell torn open a hole in Bauer’s left thigh. As he was evacuated with his pal Richard C. Goss, Bauer muttered, “There goes my baseball career,” a prediction that proved false. Despite the severity of his wound, Bauer had a long, successful baseball life. More importantly, Bauer lived. Only six of the 64 men in Bauer’s platoon survived the brutal Guam battle. Bauer’s brother Herman, a catcher in the Chicago White Sox minor league system, was less fortunate; on July 12, 1944, Herman was killed in action in France.

Sgt Hank Bauer In Right Field

Bauer always claimed that he never fully understood why in 1942 he enlisted: “I saw the poster, and saw the blue uniform, and all that B.S….I hoped I could take up a trade, pipefitting perhaps, but the only thing I traded was a bat for a rifle.” From his East St. Louis childhood where he was the youngest of nine siblings, Bauer acquired a tough guy-persona. Young Bauer grew up admiring the St. Louis Cardinals Gas House Gang, and learned from a charter Gang member, Enos Slaughter, the importance of playing hard baseball. When pitchers walked Bauer, he ran full speed to first, just like Slaughter. “It’s no fun playing if you don’t make somebody else unhappy,” he told a Time Magazine reporter, “I do everything hard.”

Stengel admired Bauer’s grit. The Yankees manager said: “Too many people judge ballplayers solely by a hundred runs batted in or a .300 batting average. I like to judge my players in other ways, like the guy [Bauer] who happens to do everything right in a tough situation.” During the Yankees’ five-year championship streak, Bauer batted .298 with an OPS over .800. In 1953, Stengel named Bauer the Yankees’ leadoff hitter; his on-base percentage topped .350 for his first 10 full seasons during which time the Bronx Bombers won nine pennants and seven World Series. As the Yankee roster evolved from the pre-war DiMaggio generation to the Mantle era, only Bauer and Berra played in all nine Series. Fans voted Bauer to represent American League as the starting right fielder in the 1952-53-54 All-Star Games.

In 1959, the Yankees traded Bauer and 1956 perfect World Series game hurler Don Larsen to the Kansas City Athletics for future home run champion Roger Maris. Bauer learned about his trade on the radio, and felt that he deserved to hear the disappointing news in person. After his playing days ended, Bauer managed the Athletics, and then moved on to coach the Baltimore Orioles before, in 1962, he took the team’s helm. By 1966 the Orioles, anchored by Brooks Robinson, Frank Robinson and Boog Powell, swept the favored Los Angeles Dodgers in the World Series, with their aces Sandy Koufax and Don Drysdale, 4-0. The following year, injuries devastated the Orioles, and their hampered play cost Bauer his job. He moved on briefly to manage the Oakland A’s before retiring to manage his Prairie View, Kan., liquor store. Bauer briefly took up golf, but quit: “Only time I ever hit to right field in my life was on that golf course,” he said.

Despite his reputation as quick to brawl – the most infamous episode involved a free-for-all at New York’s Copacabana night club during a 1957 Billy Martin birthday celebration, an incident which accelerated Bauer’s trade to Kansas City – his teammates and the media loved him. Orioles’ pitcher Milt Pappas recalled that Bauer: “had a raspy voice and scared the hell out of everyone. Underneath he was the nicest guy in the world.”

During his Yankees career, Bauer had the honor to play with several other military veterans: Whitey Ford, Army, Korean War; Yogi Berra, Navy, Purple Heart; Jerry Coleman, Marine Corp pilot, World War II and Korea, Distinguished Flying Cross (2); Phil Rizzuto, Navy, World War II; Joe DiMaggio, Army Air Forces, World War II, and Major Ralph Houk, Army Ranger, World War II, Purple Heart.

At age 84, his valor on America’s behalf esteemed and his diamond accomplishments admired by millions, Bauer died from lung cancer. Before passing, Bauer often said proudly: “The Yankee logo is like a Harvard degree.”

Joe Guzzardi is a Society for American Baseball Research and Internet Baseball Writers Association member. He lives in Pittsburgh. Contact him at

Sgt Hank Bauer In Right Field

Sgt Hank Bauer In Right Field

Chesco GOP Seeks Audit Of 2021 Election

Chesco GOP Seeks Audit Of 2021 Election — Despite a pretty good showing by Republicans state-wide, Nov. 2 — note Drew Crompton appears to be losing his Commonwealth Court seat — voting irregularities are being found.

Chester County GOP Chairman Gordon Eck is calling for a full forensic audit of his fiefdom.

Where were you last November/December/January, Gordon?

Anyway, election mistrust is the greatest crisis this country is facing and the audit should be done.


  • By-right mail voting should end.
  • Poll watchers should be given state-wide jurisdiction, rather than be limited to the county in which the reside.
  • Certified ballot counting observers should be allowed as close as they want to be to the ballots being counted.
  • Election transparency should indisputably takes precedence over corporate intellectual property (IP). Amazingly enough, the IP claim was used to stifle investigation into voting machines in the 2020 election. It’s just  one of the reasons many of us think Trump is the rightful winner.

Here is the letter the Chesco GOP sent to its committee members:

Good Morning Committee Members,
I wanted to give you a quick update on the election process. 
As you have probably seen by now, Chairman Eck is calling for a full forensic audit of Chester County due to the many irregularities that we have witnessed over the past week. 
As of this morning, all eligible mail-in, provisional, and overseas ballots have been scanned. This process has occured in many stages and over several days. Voter Services has updated their totals online occassionally, but not fully as each stage was completed. Therefore, this morning they will zero out the total mail-in ballots received and counted numbers on the Voter Services Election Portal. Then, all mail-in, provisional, and overseas ballots will be uploaded at one time and final numbers will be posted. 
They are completing the process in this way because reconciliations between systems on the number of ballots were not tying. The county is hopeful that uploading everything at once will provide them with a better figure to which they can reconcile. It is my understanding that these figures will be provided as “unofficial results” to the PA Department of State today. 
People want to know what they can do at this point. I would recommend that people call Commissioner Marian Moskowitz’s office at 610-344-6691 Commissioner Josh Maxwell’s office at 610-344-6151 to demand an audit of the election process that took place this year. Commissioner Michelle Kichline has already expressed concern over irregularities, but you can always contact her office as well (610-344-6031) asking her to fight for transparency and clear processes. Additionally, you could attend the Commissioners Meeting today at 3:30 to address them in public comment.
Finally, thank you for hanging in there over the past week. I know everyone has wondered what’s been happening. I’ve tried to provide updates as often as I could. Thanks also to the many volunteers who have participated in the observer process over the last week.
Felice FeinVice Chair

Chesco GOP Seeks Audit Of 2021 Election
Chesco GOP Seeks Audit Of 2021 Election

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