3B-SS 1938-39, 43-49 Tigers, Browns , Senators
The older brother of NFL quarterback and TV football announcer Paul Christman, Mark
was an ardent Cardinal fan who, spurned by Cardinal scouts, signed with Detroit but
played most of his career with the Browns. A light hitter but a steady fielder, in
his first year as a regular he led AL third basemen with a .972 fielding average
in 1944. His career-high 83 RBI that year was more than twice his total for any other
season. Sold to Washington in 1947, he played two seasons as the regular Senator
|FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY|
|» May 13, 1939: In a 10-player deal, Bobo Newsom goes from the St. Louis Browns, along with Beau Bell, Red Kress, and Jim Walkup, to Detroit for Vern Kennedy, Bob Harris, George Gill, Roxie Lawson, Chet Laabs, and Mark Christman. It is one of the biggest trades of the 1930s. Newsom will rack up 17 wins this year as a Tiger to finish at 20–11. Kennedy will be the reverse, finishing at 9–20, while Gill, 0-1 after two fine seasons with the Tigers, will be 1–12 with the Browns. |
» October 5, 1944:
Ken O'Dea's pinch single in the 11th drives in Ray
Sanders for a Cardinals' 3-2 win. Two errors
by Potter and one by Mark Christman give the Cards
2, early-inning, unearned runs.
» May 3, 1949: Taking advantage of the shortened fence installed by White Sox GM Frank Lane, the Senators belt seven homers—and need them all—in beating Chicago, 14–12 in 10 innings. This is only time a team has collected seven homers in an extra inning contest. Clyde Vollmer leads the hit parade with 2, followed by Mark Christman, Gil Coan, Al Evans, Eddie Robinson, and Bud Stewart. The Sox get homers from Joe Tipton and Gus Zernial.