Early in his career, Joe Medwick tried to get the baseball public to call him Mickey. Anything seem preferable to “Ducky Wucky,” the nickname given to him for his duck-like walk. Finally the sobriquet was shortened to Ducky, and Medwick eventually learned to live with it -- or at least not to fight fellow players who referred to him by it.
Medwick played for four
NL teams, but St. Louis received
most of his best work.
Joe was never one to back off from an altercation on or off the field. It was no accident that he was an instigator in one of the most famous World Series incidents. In the seventh game of the 1934 classic between the Tigers and Medwick’s Cardinals, Joe slid hard into
Finally, so much debris had been hurled onto the field that Commissioner Landis ordered Medwick to be removed from the game for his own safety. Since the Cardinals were cruising to an 11-0 victory, Joe departed without argument.
His first season in pro ball, 1930, was a huge success. He batted .419 with 22 homers in 75 games for
Medwick was deemed ready to replace defending batting crown winner Chick Hafey in the
Medwick played for the Dodgers until he was sold to the Giants in July 1943. Two years later, he was traded to the Braves and then released by them prior to the 1946 season. After a year with
Here are Joe Medwick's major league totals:
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