Families of Carter, Konstanty donate previously loaned artifacts to the Hall of Fame
The right-hander was a dominant reliever in the 1940s and 1950s. He posted his best season in 1950, when he became the first relief pitcher to win the National League Most Valuable Player award. Now, thanks to a donation from his daughter, Helen Rees, and the Konstanty family, his memory will be permanently preserved in the Hall of Fame’s collection.
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“This just seemed the place to be, because otherwise, what are you going to do with five children and one item?” Rees said. “The same happened with the MVP plaque, the uniform. At this point, I thank the Hall of Fame for keeping them safe.”
Konstanty was an integral part of the 1950 National League pennant-winning Philadelphia Phillies. He amassed a league-leading 22 saves and 62 games finished, going 16-7 with a 2.66 ERA. He was named to the All-Star Game and carried the Phillies to their first pennant since 1915 – the last one they would win until 1980.
Among the recent donations are a complete Phillies uniform worn by Konstanty that season and a baseball signed by members of the 1950 Phillies. One of Konstanty’s caps from the 1949 season is also included.
Konstanty spent much of his later life a little more than 20 miles from Cooperstown in Oneonta, N.Y., where he served as athletic director at Hartwick College. For Rees, preserving memories of her father’s career in the Hall of Fame is an important way to keep his effect on baseball and his local community alive.
He played 19 seasons from 1974-1992 and amassed more than 2,000 games caught and 1,200 RBI en route to Hall of Fame election in 2003.
Janey Murray is the 2019 public relations intern in the Hall of Fame’s Frank and Peggy Steele Internship Program for Youth Leadership Development