|Pete Reiser - Dodgers|
Born: March 17, 1919 —St. Patrick’s Day—in St. Louis, Missouri.
Team: Brooklyn Dodgers
Height: 5' 11". Weight: 185 lbs
Batted: Left .295 BA
Threw: Right, Could also throw left-handed.
Pete Reiser was a terrific football player, bowler and ice skater, too. On top of everything, he was also ambidextrous. Pete threw and batted right-handed as a boy, but he could swing around and do almost as well left-handed.
Reiser was fearless - and ambidextrous
He had this thing for running into walls after fly balls, and standing his ground against knockdown pitches, so his head kept taking this awful punishment, and when it wasn't his head it was his shoulder, which he broke diving for a ball.
When somebody asked him what he would do if he couldn't throw again when he got back to the Dodgers, he said "I'll just throw left-haned." That's another thing he was, ambidextrous. (Dick Young, New York Daily News)
At age 20, in his first 11 at-bats, swinging against big league talent in exhibition games, Reiser hit four homers, four singles and drew three walks, batting lefty and righty. He was playing shortstop then.
named Durocher. His other hero was an older brother, now dead, and it was an attempt to imitate this brother, a southpaw, that made Pete, a natural right-hander, ambidextrous.
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