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1949 Bowman Ed Stanky 104 - Braves Card of the Day ⚾

Where does the truth lie? It is said that Stanky told Jackie Robinson when he arrived in Brooklyn, that he was against integration and was against Robinson being a Dodger, but as long as they were teammates, he would have his back. Others say that Stanky was one of the few people who backed Robinson from the start. Either way, they became friends and Robinson credited Stanky for helping him with his game.

Stanky’s time with the Boston Braves was brief but eventful. He played well for the pennant winning 1948 team, but missed a large portion of the season after suffering a broken ankle. He was excellent in the World Series. The following year, there was a rumor that he would be replacing manager Billy Southworth. This led to the resentment of many of his teammates who thought he was trying to run everything. The Braves would dump him after the 1949 season.

Naturally, he’d gone on to have his best big league season in 1950 with the Giants. In fact, he deserved the MVP.

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