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Mervin James Connors

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Merv Connors was a star of the minor leagues. From 1934 to 1953, he played eighteen seasons and over 2100 games in the minor leagues. He appeared for 18 different clubs in 14 different leagues. He is one of three American players to hit 400 career home runs in the minors (Buzz Arlett had 432 and Nick Cullop 420). Connors finished his minor league career with 400 homers exactly and 1629 RBI.

In the majors, Connors hit 8 career home runs in 52 major league games. In 1938, he had a three-home run game for the Chicago White Sox. He has the fewest home runs of any player who had three in a single major league game. Rafael Palmeiro, in contrast, hit 569 HR without a three-homer game.

Connors' major league main teammates included Mike Kreevich (94), Thornton Lee (93), Luke Appling (83) and Monty Stratton (83).

Connors was a decorated veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Army, 1st Battalion, 517th Parachute Infantry. He fought in battles in southern France, the Ardennes, the Rhineland, Central Europe and North Africa. The recipient of several medals and citations, including the Bronze Arrowhead and WWII Victory Medal, Mervin received an honorable discharge in August, 1945.

He was a member of Teamsters Union local #70, and was retired from Vern's Trucking Service. He was a lifetime member of the Association of Professional Ball Players of America and St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Berkeley, CA and had graduated from Berkeley High School in 1931.

He died just a week before his 92nd birthday on January 8, 2006 in his hometown and is buried at St. Mary's Cemetery in Oakland, CA. He was survived by his daughter Judy Dildy of Tyler, TX and two grandchildren. His wife, Leta Marjorie Bishop-Connors predeceased him.

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Principal sources for Merv Connors include newspaper obituaries (OB), government Veteran records (VA,CM,CW), Stars & Stripes (S&S), Sporting Life (SL), The Sporting News (TSN), The Sports Encyclopedia:Baseball 2006 by David Neft & Richard Cohen (N&C), old Who's Who in Baseballs (none) (WW), old Baseball Registers (none) (BR) , old Daguerreotypes by TSN (none) (DAG), Stars&Stripes (S&S), The Baseball Necrology by Bill Lee (BN), Pat Doyle's Professional Ballplayer DataBase (PD), The Baseball Library (BL), Baseball in World War II Europe by Gary Bedingfield (GB) and The Pacific Coast League: A Statistical History, 1903-1957 by Dennis Snelling; SABR's Minor League Baseball Stars, Volume I; and The American Association Almanac, Volume 3, Number 2 and independent research by Walter Kephart (WK) and Frank Russo (FR) and others.

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