While advancing through the Yankee farm system, the 6'1", nervously charged outfielder
reminded scouts of Joe DiMaggio. Judnich's problem was the Yankees already had DiMaggio
in centerfield; that was solved by Judnich's sale to the Browns. While never "another
DiMaggio," he led AL outfielders in fielding three times and had an arm like DiMaggio's.
A lefthanded power hitter who debuted in 1940 with 24 HR, he lost three prime years
to military service.
FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»May 20, 1947: Athletics C Buddy Rosar drops a pop-up off Walt Judnich's bat for his first error in 147 games and 756 chances. Yogi Berra will extend the record to 148 and 950 in 1957-59, but Rosar's 1946 single-season record of 115 games and 605 errorless chances will not be surpassed until 1997, by the Marlins' (National League) Charles Johnson. The Browns win, 11–1, behind Red Muncrief.