belardi, footsie belardi, 1955 Bowman #36

Player: Belardi, Wayne

Card: 1955 Bowman #36

Position: 1B

I have always been clumsy, since childhood, stepping on people with my big feet. After my first home run in 1953, I stepped on Ralph Branca’s foot in the dugout and he started the nickname ‘Footsie’. When I hit my first major league triple, I tripped over second base, fell at shortstop, then lost my hat and went back to grab it, and tripped over third base. It should have been an inside the park home run.” – Wayne Belardi, in the book Baseball Nicknames

Carroll Wayne Belardi (September 5, 1930 – October 21, 1993) was an American professional baseball player. The first baseman and native of Helena, California, appeared in 263 games in Major League Baseball over all or parts of six seasons (1950–1951; 1953–1956) for the Brooklyn Dodgers and Detroit Tigers.

Wayne Belardi was one of several future major leaguers who was at Santa Clara University in 1948. Big and powerful, Wayne played part of 1949 for the Nashua Dodgers in the New England League, but due to economic hard times in some of the towns in the league, the league was shaky and he was moved out before it failed.

Wayne debuted with the Dodgers in 1950 at age 19 and hit 11 home runs in limited play in each of 1953 and 1954, the latter mostly with the Tigers. He appeared in the 1953 World Series in two games as a pinch-hitter. Strangely, he was out of the majors at age 26 despite hitting .279 in 1956, but was included in a couple of big trades, first to the Kansas City Athletics and then to the New York Yankees after that season, without making it back. He concluded his professional career hitting .220 in 1957 with the New Orleans Pelicans, a Yankees farm team.

(excerpted from Baseball Almanac, BR Bullpen & Wikipedia)

Photo courtesy Brooklyn Visual Heritage

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