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Averill came up as a catcher with the Indians, the team with which his father, Howard
Earl Averill, fashioned a Hall of Fame career. In 1961, his only solid season, the
righthanded hitter batted .266 with 21 home runs for the Angels in their first year.
FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»May 12, 1959:
At Wrigley, the Braves Lew Burdette loses a 3–2 lead in the 9th when he serves up a gopher to Walt Moryn. After loading the bases, Burdette fires what he thinks is strike three to pinch hitter Earl Averill. His next pitch is grand slammed by Averill for a 7–3 Cubs win.