Sal Yvars

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Salvador Anthony Yvars

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Biographical Information[edit]

Sal Yvars is the only player in Major League history with a last name that starts with "Yva". There are no players in the minor leagues currently that have a chance of "threatening" this title any time soon. His last name was pronounced "E-vars".

After graduating from high school, Yvars signed with the New York Giants in 1942 (scouted by Nick Shinkoff), then enlisted in the Army Air Corps. He began his pro career in 1946.

Don Newcombe claimed that in the minors Sal Yvars (playing for the Manchester Giants) once came to the plate, picked up some dirt, and threw it in Roy Campanella's face.

Yvars was, like Campanella, a catcher, although Yvars was a backup who rarely got many at-bats. His best season was 1951 when he hit .317 and appeared in the 1951 World Series. His busiest season was 1952 when he had 151 at-bats.

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