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Wally Post

Class of 1965

I was happy to have him behind me because I knew he'd get me a run sooner or later.

- Pitcher Hershell Freeman, Post's teammate from 1955-1958

Only 10 players bested Wally Post's 172 home runs while wearing a Reds uniform. While these men might have exceeded his raw total, it is doubtful that any of them hit home runs harder or farther than Post, the pride of St. Henry, Ohio.

Post was often described as the "best dressed Red" thanks to all of the free suits he acquired by virtue of his long home runs that hit the famous "Hit Sign Win Suit" billboard located atop the The Laundry building that loomed across the street from Crosley Field's left field wall. It is also believed that Post may have hit one of the longest home runs ever when he smashed a ball off the scoreboard clock at old Busch Stadium in St. Louis in 1961. Many longtime baseball observers who saw the shot described it as the longest they had ever witnessed. Post's teammate, Jay Hook, an erstwhile engineering student, calculated the distance the ball would have traveled if its flight had not been interrupted by the clock and concluded that the ball would have come to rest some 569 feet from its point of departure. Then there was the time in 1957 that Post, in batting practice, sent a ball through the new scoreboard at Crosley Field just as the scoreboard's designer was touting its indestructibility to Reds General Manager Gabe Paul.

The Reds signed Post as a high school pitcher. His prodigious hitting abilities quickly overshadowed his pitching talents and Post was moved to the outfield. After several brief stints with the club over four seasons, Post arrived in Cincinnati to stay in 1954. He soon became a key component in one of the most powerful lineups the game had ever seen. Post's 36 home runs were second only to Frank Robinson's 38 on the 1956 club that set a then-record by hitting 221 home runs. Traded to Philadelphia following the 1957 season, Post returned to the Reds in 1960 and played a key role in the pennant-winning season of 1961.

Post retired from baseball in 1964. He was inducted into the Reds Hall of Fame in 1965. Wally Post died in his native St. Henry on January 6, 1982. He was only 52 years old.

Wally Post
Bats:
Right
Throws:
Right
Height:
6' 1"
Weight:
190
Born:
July 9, 1929, St. Wendelin, Ohio
Death:
January 6, 1982, St. Henry, Ohio
High School:
St. Henry High School (St. Henry, OH)
How Acquired:
Signed by the Reds as an amateur free agent in 1946; Reacquired in 1960 in a trade with the Phillies
Debut:
September 18, 1949 vs. Boston Braves
Final Game:
May 9, 1964 vs. New York Yankees
Inducted
into the Reds Hall of Fame 1965
Reds Career Statistics
Career Statistics for Wally Post
G AB R H TB 2B 3B HR RBI BB IBB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG OPS
902 3021 463 805 1505 150 17 172 525 249 18 593 19 .266 .323 .498 .821
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