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March 30 – Happy Birthday Hal Rhyne

rhyneThis California-born shortstop was a star in the Pacific Coast League for several seasons before making his big league debut with the Pirates in 1926. Even though the average size of players back then was smaller than it is now, the 5’8″ Rhyne was still considered small for a big league infielder.

After two years with Pittsburgh, he returned to the PCL and belted 216 hits in 185 games for the San Francisco Seals in 1928. He caught the attention of several AL teams and ended up in Boston, where he became the Red Sox’ starting shortstop in 1929.

Unfortunately for Rhyne, the three years he held that position were three pretty terrible seasons in Boston’s franchise history. The team’s best record during his┬átime with the Red Sox was 62-90 and their best finish was sixth place. Rhyne’s best season for Boston was 1931, when he hit .273 and drove in 51 runs. He actually finished 14th in the AL MVP voting that season.

After the 1932 season, he was traded to the White Sox. He played one more season as Chicago’s utility infielder and then headed back to San Francisco, where he continued playing for the Seals until 1940, finally fully retiring as a player at the age of 41.