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|Born: March 8, 1924
|Died: January 25, 2003
|April 15, 1952 for the Chicago Cubs|
Last MLB appearance
|September 28, 1956 for the Milwaukee Braves|
Career highlights and awards
Maurice Dailey "Toby" Atwell (March 8, 1924 – January 25, 2003) was an American professional baseball player who was a catcher in Major League Baseball for the Chicago Cubs (1952–1953), Pittsburgh Pirates (1953–1956) and Milwaukee Braves (1956). Atwell, listed at 5 feet 9 inches (1.75 m) tall and 185 pounds (84 kg), batted left-handed and threw right-handed. He was born in Leesburg, Virginia.
A strong defensive catcher, Atwell shortened his career when he hurt his knee sliding while playing for the Triple-A Montreal Royals in the 1949 (International League). His most productive season came in his rookie year with the Cubs, when he posted career-highs in batting average (.290), RBI (31), runs (36), hits (105), doubles (16), games played (107), and was selected to the National League All-Star team.
In a five-season major league career, Atwell was a .260 hitter with nine home runs and 110 RBI in 378 games.
Atwell died in Purcellville, Virginia, at the age of 78.
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