Tommy Holmes had his Major League baseball debut with the Boston Braves in 1942. Here is some background on him.
- He was an outfielder. He batted and threw as a lefty.
- He was born (March 29, 1917) in Brooklyn. No wonder he wanted to play baseball. Brooklyn, at the time, was a great baseball town.
- He played for the Boston Braves from 1942 to 1951
- His last game was for his home team Brooklyn Dodgers in 1952. That was the only other team he ever played for besides the Braves.
- He managed the Braves in 1951 and 1952.
- He was a two time All-Star in 1945 and 1948.
- He died in 2010 in Boca Raton, Florida at the ripe old age of 91. May he rest in peace.
A severe sinus condition kept Tommy Holmes out of the service during World War II, but the chances are that if he had been drafted and sent into harm’s way, several hundred fans from one particular portion of Braves Field would have been willing to follow him into action.
Source: The SABR Project