Earl Battey

Earl Battey confirms my theory that Germans love David Hasselhoff if you dig deep enough every major league player holds some kind of record or was the first or last to do something.

Earl, while a better defensive catcher than offensive contributor, maybe best known as being the first player to wear a batting helmet with an earflap.

He aslo has the record for picking off 15 base runners in a season.

1964 Topps #90 Earl Battey

1963 Topps #306 Earl Battey & Elston Howard Star Receivers