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Clyde Daniel Schell

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Danny Schell, an outfielder, started out in professional ball in the Philadelphia Phillies organization in 1948. He had six solid minor league seasons from 1948 through 1953. He hit .308 for the Appleton Papermakers of the class D Wisconsin State League in his first season of pro ball and had four years in which he hit over .300. His best season came in 1953 when he hit for a .333 average with 18 home runs for the Schenectady Blue Jays of the class A Eastern League.

The big news out of Detroit, MI in April of 1954 was the merger between Hudson and Nash to form American Motors. The big news fifty miles to the north of the Motor City, in the small town of Fostoria, Michigan, was that local boy Clyde "Danny" Schell made it to the majors with the Philadelphia Phillies. Danny was one of six outfielders used with the Phils that year, along with Richie Ashburn, Del Ennis, Johnny Wyrostek, Mel Clark and Stan Palys.

Danny performed admirably, hitting .283 with seven home runs, and his year was highlighted with a 4-for-4 day against the Boston Braves while subbing for Ennis. Included was a home run off Ray Crone. But after appearing in only two games with the Phillies in 1955, he disappeared along with the Hudson and Nash; in spite of a .281 batting average, this was it for Schell in the major leagues. Danny spent the rest of 1955 with the Omaha Cardinals of the American Association, hitting .326 with 18 homers in 131 games.

Schell spent three more years (1956 to 1958) in the minors, one with the Omaha club again in 1956, and the last two with the Richmond Virginians of the International League. This gave him a total of ten seasons in the minors, ending up with a .298 average, along with 145 home runs in 1,157 games.

Schell, who was employed with Flint Ternstedt, an automobile parts company, died on May 11, 1972, at the age of 44 in Mayville, MI.

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