Kevin Joseph (Chuck) Connors
Chuck played in the Dodger's organization through 1950. As
you can see from his stats below, he had 1 at bat as a Brooklyn Dodger in 1949.
In that 1 at bat, Chuck hit into a double play. In '49, he made the Brooklyn Dodgers roster out of spring training
as the backup 1B behind Gil Hodges. Chuck finally appeared in the 13th game against Philadelphia.
In the 9th-inning, with one on and one out, manager Burt Shotten, wanting to stay out of the double play,
sent Chuck in to pinch-hit for the slow afoot Carl Furillo. With Russ Meyer pitching, Connors rapped into a double play,
Meyer to Granny Hamner to Eddie Waitkus, to end the game. This was to be his only at-bat for his hometown team.
After another 12 days on the bench, Chuck was sent back to Montreal.
On October 10, 1950, Chuck, along with Dee Fondy, was traded
by the Dodgers
to the Chicago Cubs for catcher Hank Edwards and cash.
1952 Mothers Cookies Card of Chuck Connors
Having a great year for their AAA club in Los Angeles, the Cubs brought Chuck up to the big club to finish
out the 1951 season. The Cubs decided to start the 1952 season with Dee Fondy at first base and Chuck started
1952 back with the Los Angeles Angels in the PCL. It was during this time that Chuck was spotted by an MGM
casting director and signed for a part in the 1952 film, Pat and Mike, with Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn.