The dark, stocky Fernandez was of Castilian descent, his parents having left Spain
for California shortly before his birth. He drove in 55 runs his first season but was not the same after losing three prime years to military service.
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FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»May 30, 1950:
The Cards sweep a pair from Pittsburgh with Gerry Staley winning both games in relief, 17–13 and 8–5. The Cards explode in the 8th in both games, plating seven in Game One and six in game 2. Staley also won a pair in 1948, the first reliever to ever accomplish the feat twice. For the Bucs, Nanny Fernandez hit home runs in the 8th and 9th of game 1. In game 2, Stan Musial has his only hit in 10 at bats today when he hits a 9th-inning liner for an inside-the-park home run.