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Carl Ernest Sawatski
(Swats, Swisher, or Swish)

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Catcher Carl Sawatski played 11 seasons in the big leagues. He found power toward the end of his career, slugging .517 with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1961 and achieving a career high of 13 homers in 1962. He appeared briefly in the 1957 World Series with the Milwaukee Braves.

He won four home run titles in five years in the minor leagues: 1945 PONY League 13 (tied with Lee Riley); 1947 North Atlantic League 34; 1948 Western League 29; 1949 Southern Association 45. He also led the PONY League in RBI in 1945 (111) and the Southern Association 1949 (153).

From 1976 until his death in 1991, Sawatski was president of the Southern League. Prior to that he had been General Manager of the Arkansas Travelers.

He was the grandfather of minor league pitcher Jay Sawatski.

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[edit] Further Reading

  • Gregory H. Wolf: "Carl Sawatski", in Gregory H. Wolf, ed.: Thar's Joy in Braveland: The 1957 Milwaukee Braves, SABR, Phoenix, AZ, 2014, pp. 173-. ISBN 978-1933599717

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