By: Nick Wells
There’s plenty of Babes. Babe Ruth, Babe Herman, Babe Phelps, Babe the Pig. One of the first however, is Babe Towne. While that at first sounds like a primarily location where you want to spend spring break, it’s actually the name of a catcher for the 1906 Chicago White Sox.
Towne only played in 14 games during the season (his only season in the majors), going 10-for-36 at the plate and recording 6 RBI. Now obviously that’s not a flashy stat line, and I’m sure Mr. Towne never knew that his WAR was 0.3, but he had two accomplishments that put him on the road to the Nosebleed MLB Name Hall of Fame. First, Babe is the only Major Leaguer in history to be born in the lovely town of Coon Rapids, Iowa. I’ve never been there, but I’m sure there’s a lot of corn to be eaten and that they greatly value their hometown legend.
The second accomplishment is something a little more memorable. His playing career was mostly spent playing and managing in the minor leagues, but he had a unique experience during his year with the White Sox. Babe Towne, in addition to being the pride and joy of Coon Rapids, is a World Series Champion. He literally has a 100% World Series winning percentage. Okay, maybe he didn’t start, play a position, or get on base in his one pinch hit at-bat. He still got a ring. Well actually they gave them these medals/pendants but either way, that seems like a heck of a reward to me, and I’d like to extend another honor to Babe Towne, a spot in the MLB Name Hall of Fame.
Stats Courtesy of Baseball Reference
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