Rube Walker Biography

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The 66 year old individual that suffered from lung cancer was once an important component in Major League Baseball. Albert Bluford “Rube” Walker Junior was a Major League Baseball player for the Chicago Cubs in addition to a lifelong minor league and major league coach for several teams: the Los Angeles Dodgers, Washington Senators, New York Mets, and the Atlanta Braves. Son of Albert and Beulah Walker, the elder brother to Verlon Lee and Leslie Boyce; Rube was another child to carry on their dad’s past of being a semipro catcher in his younger days. From the time Rube was a young child they could see potential of him becoming a substantial baseball player. Throughout the rookie year of his career of playing baseball, the games and batting …show more content…
His father would bring home string every day from his job and wrap it around a golf ball until it was the size of a baseball so the children would have baseballs to play with. Despite not having a legit, so to speak, baseball to play with Rube Walker showed potential in his childhood. Growing up a hardworking individual; he grew up working on his family’s farm in order to support the family. Playing baseball started as Rube playing as a batboy for the Lenoir team in the Class D North Carolina State League. Rube’s icon was Rube Robinson, the superstar of the team, he quickly acquired the nickname …show more content…
However, he appeared in only 56 and 74 games in 1949 and 1950 and only had a batting average of .244 and .230. Rube began the 1951 season with the Cubs and shortly acquired a spot in the eight-player trade that was sent off to Brooklyn to continue the rest of his career with the Dodgers holding the position as the reserve catcher. Following the Dodgers move to Los Angeles before the 1958 season tragedy struck with an automobile accident involving the catcher. Rube being a caring individual was so full of grief he had little condolence of the opportunity to become number one catcher. Consequently, on June 17, 1958 because of his insufficient batting average of .114 and having only 44 at-bats Rube was

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