Elmer William Valo
Born: March 5, 1921 in Ribnick, Czechoslovakia
Died: July 19, 1998 in Palmerton, Pa.
Debut: 1940 | Pos: OF
H: 5'11" | W: 190 | B: L | T: R
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Elmer Valo, a native of Czechoslovakia who spent 20 seasons in the major leagues, died on July 19, 1998 in Palmerton, Pa. He was 77.
He hit .282 in his career with 58 home runs and 601 RBI. He also recorded 110 stolen bases in 1,806 career games.
He made his major league debut at the age of 19 in 1940 and played in just six games for the Philadelphia Athletics. He played briefly for the team again in 1941 and found a regular spot in the lineup in 1942.
He played in 77 games in 1943 and then served in the military during World War II. He returned to the Athletics lineup in 1946 and played for the team through the end of the 1955 season -- the Athletics' first year in Kansas City.
One of his most productive seasons came in 1949 when he hit .283 with five home runs and 85 RBI. He also had 14 stolen bases that season and was walked 119 times. On May 1 of that season, he hit two bases loaded triples as the Athletics beat Washington, 15-9.
His playing career also included stops with Philadelphia NL (1956), the Dodgers (1957-1958), Cleveland (1959), the Yankees (1960), Washington (1960), Minnesota (1961) and the Philles (1961).
According to his obituary, he was a manager in the Indians' minor league system and worked for the Phillies for 13 years as a scout.
In 1990, he became part of the Phillies Wall of Fame at Veterans Stadium.