Date and Place of Birth: October 25, 1918 Wilmington, California
Died: September 16, 1996 Lomita, California
Position: Shortstop-Third Base
Military Unit: US Army Air Force
Area Served: Pacific Theater of Operations
Major League Stats: Nanny Fernandez on Baseball-Almanac
Froilan “Nanny” Fernandez
was born on October 25, 1918 in
In 1940, he was batting .345 with the Pippins when he was called up to the San Francisco Seals of the Pacific Coast League. In 95 games with the Seals, Fernandez batted .304 and quickly replaced Harvey Storey as the team’s starting shortstop. In 1941, Fernandez led the league with a .327 average and 129 RBIs, 46 doubles and 16 triples. His 19 home runs was second best in the circuit and prompted his purchase by the Boston Braves in September.
Fernandez immediately took
over the starting shortstop position and batted .255 in 145 games.
His career was then put on hold when military service called on
April 14, 1943. Fernandez served with the 6th Ferrying Group of Air
Transport Command at Long Beach Army Air Base in
Corporal Fernandez was sent
Fernandez returned from
military service on January 10, 1946. He was back with the Braves
that year and batted .255 (exactly the same average he had in 1942,
his last season before military service) in 115 games as a backup to
Dick Culler. In 1947, his average dropped to .206 and he was back in
the minor leagues with
The Braves sold Fernandez to
the Dodgers in 1949 and he started the season with
Fernandez shifted to third
base and made it back to the major leagues with the Pirates in 1950,
playing 65 games as a backup to Stan Rojek. Fernandez was back with
Nanny Fernandez passed away
on September 16, 1996 in
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