Don Mueller, 1927-2011Posted by John Autin
The broken ankle kept Mueller out of the '51 World Series, and his RF replacements went 2-18 in the 6-game loss to the Yankees. But he excelled in the Giants' 1954 sweep of Cleveland, pacing the club with 7 hits. He also hit safely in both of his All-Star games, going 2 for 3 with an RBI double. Hank Aaron's first All-Star appearance came in 1955 as a pinch-runner for Mueller.
Don Mueller's father, Walter, played parts of 4 seasons with Pittsburgh in the 1920s. In his debut, Walter hit the first pitch he saw from Pete Alexander over the head of CF Jigger Statz for a 3-run, inside-the-park HR. He added a double and finished with 5 RBI; until 1954, he stood as the only person in the game-searchable era with 5+ RBI in his debut. The record was matched by Joe Cunningham, Pat Borders and Ben Grieve, and finally broken last year when Starlin Castro drove in 6 in his debut.
Don Mueller's son, Mark, played 3 years in the minors, and his grandsons Eric and Andrew played varsity ball at St. Louis University and the University of Missouri, according to this 2009 story from The Missourian.
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