Fred Stiely may have missed his calling. A pitcher for the St Louis Browns between the years of 1928 and 1931 he didn’t wow anyone with his arm even considering the elevated offense of the era. In fact, he only pitched 34 plus innings. In that time, he gave up 23 runs and won one game and lost one.
But like 1972 Steve Dunning from last Monday, Stiely did with the bat what he couldn’t with his arm. For his career, he was 5 for 10 with 3 doubles. The APBA card you see above is based on his 1930 season when he went 3 for 7 with 2 doubles and one walk.
As a result, Fred Stiely’s card is a good mixture of power, average and on-base. He’s a threat with a runner on third no doubt, with eight 6s. APBA gave him the four 8s and two 9s combination plus he has five nifty 14s.
Thank goodness for Stiely’s hitting numbers because there isn’t much else to his card. Not only is he a Grade D pitcher but he’s rated as a P-1 fielder and a (S)low base runner.
Interesting bit of trivia about Fred Stiely’s pitching career: he pitched just one game in his rookie year in 1928. His career debut was a complete game win that would be his only one of his career. To add to the weirdness, he gave up 11 hits in that game and still didn’t give up any earned runs (only two unearned).
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