Sending out a cardboard Valentine this
An All-American quarterback at
Tennessee State University, Fred
Valentine would take the Orioles up on
an offer to play baseball instead, signing
with Baltimore in 1956. The fly catcher
would be sold to Washington where he
would enjoy a couple of years of steady
playing time in the mid-1960's
highlighted by a ’66 season where
Valentine hit .276 with 16 home runs and
22 stolen bases.
He would close out his playing career in
1968 in a return engagement with
Baltimore as he would finish his big
league career with a .247 mark in 533
Valentine would also be known as a
founding father of the Major League
Baseball Players Alumni Association. In
researching his bio Wikipedia notes his
nickname was “Wally the biscuit killer” for
reasons we cannot explain.
Happy Valentines Day.