Mize brought slugging bat to New York Giants
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In the 1952 World Series, Mize hit three home runs and – despite appearing in only five of the seven games – won the Most Valuable Player Award.
Mize retired following the 1953 season with 359 career home runs, the sixth-best total in history at the time. In his 15 seasons, Mize hit .312 with 2,011 hits and 1,337 RBI. He walked 856 times with only 524 strikeouts.
Mize was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1981. He passed away on June 2, 1993 at his home in Demorest, Ga.
Craig Muder is the director of communications for the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum
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