Nickname(s): Dutch, The Antelope
2B 1944-50 Cardinals, Phillies , Cubs, Braves
As a 29-year-old rookie, Verban batted .412 for the Cardinals in the 1944 World Series
and went 3-for-3 in the sixth and final game, driving in the winning run to beat
the Browns. During the Series he requested a better seat for his pregnant wife, who
was put behind a post, but was denied it by the club owner. When the series ended,
Verban told the owner, "Now you can sit behind the post, you meathead."
of his speed, Verban acquired the nickname The Antelope in the minors. He led the
NL in fielding in 1945 and in fewest strikeouts (eight) while with the Phillies in
1947. A latter-day nationwide group of Cub fans calls itself the Emil Verban Society.