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Walter Charles Post (July 9, 1929 — January 6, 1982) was a right fielder in Major League Baseball. From 1949 through 1964, Post played for the Cincinnati Reds & Redlegs (1949, 1951-57, 1960-63), Philadelphia Phillies (1958-60), Minnesota Twins (1963) and Cleveland Indians (1964). He batted and threw right-handed. In a 15-season career, Post was a .266 hitter with 210 home runs and 699 RBI in 1204 games.
Post broke into professional baseball as a minor league pitcher in 1946 and was converted to an outfielder in 1949, the year of his majors debut. Post spent time in both the minor and major leagues for the next two years before finally being permanently called up to Cincinnati in 1954. His most productive season came in 1955, when he hit .309 with 40 home runs with 109 RBI, all career highs.
In 1957, Post and six of his Redleg teammates—Ed Bailey, Johnny Temple, Roy McMillan, Don Hoak, Gus Bell and Frank Robinson—were "voted" starters on the National League All-Star team, the result of a ballot stuffing campaign by Redlegs fans. Bell remained on the team as a reserve, but Post was taken off altogether. Bell and Post were replaced as starters by Hank Aaron and Willie Mays.
Post died in St. Henry, Ohio in 1982. He had been undergoing treatments for cancer. He was married to Patricia (Beckman) and they had four children together: Sue, John, Mary, and Cynthia. Post has thirteen grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. One of his grandchildren is former Ohio State and NFL quarterback Bobby Hoying and former Ohio State quarterback Tom Hoying.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Wally Post Player Page at baseball-reference.com, URL accessed August 20, 2009
- ↑ Wally Post Fielding at fangraphs.com, URL accessed August 20, 2009
- ↑ Wally Post Batting at thebaseballcube.com, URL accessed August 20, 2009
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 Wally Post Batting at baseball-reference.com, URL accessed August 20, 2009
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 Wally Post at baseballlibrary.com, URL accessed August 20, 2009
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 The Obit for Wally Post at thedeadballera.com, URL accessed August 20, 2009
- ↑ 1957 All-Star Game at baseball-almanac.com, URL accessed August 20, 2009
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 Walter Charles "Wally" Post at findagrave.com, URL accessed August 20, 2009
- ↑ Building O'Malley's Dream Stadium at walteromalley.com, URL accessed August 20, 2009
- ↑ Hall of Fame & Museum at mlb.com, URL accessed August 20, 2009
- ↑ Wally Post still huge in tiny town at reds.enquirer.com, URL accessed December 11, 2009.