Hafey, Chick

Charles James Hafey
Born: February 12, 1903, Berkeley, California
Died: July 2, 1973, Calistoga, California
Played For: 
St. Louis Cardinals (1924-1931), Cincinnati Reds (1932-1935, 1937)
Elected to the Hall of Fame by Veterans Committee: 1971

Although shy and reserved, Chick Hafey spoke loudly with his bat, overcoming several beanings, weak eyes and severe sinus problems to become an outstanding line-drive hitter for the Cardinals and Reds. When failing vision threatened his career, he resorted to eyeglasses and continued to hit at a torrid level, leading the National League with a .349 average in 1931. He strung together six straight years in which he batted .329 or better and equaled a National League record with 10 straight hits during the 1929 season.

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Did You Know: 
that Chick Hafey collected 10 consecutive hits over a three-game span in July of 1929, a National League record that has yet to be topped?