Rusty Saunders

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Rusty Saunders
Born: (1906-03-12)March 12, 1906
Trenton, New Jersey
Died: November 24, 1967(1967-11-24) (aged 61)
Trenton, New Jersey
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 24, 1927, for the Philadelphia Athletics
Last MLB appearance
October 2, 1927, for the Philadelphia Athletics
MLB statistics
Batting average .133
Hits 2
Runs batted in 2

Russell Collier "Rusty" Saunders (March 12, 1906 to November 24, 1967), was an American Major League Baseball outfielder who played in 1927 with the Philadelphia Athletics. He was born and died in Trenton, New Jersey. He batted and threw right-handed. Saunders began his professional baseball career with the Chambersburg Maroons of the Blue Ridge League in 1927. He had a very impressive .983 fielding percentage playing in 95 games as part of the Chambersburg team that won the Blue Ridge Championship that year. After the Blue Ridge League season ended, Saunders was called up to the baseball major leagues. Saunders had a .133 batting average in five games, two hits in 15 at-bats, in his brief time in the majors. He continued to play minor league baseball through the 1931 season.

Saunders, at 6'2" (1.88 m) and 205 lb (93 kg),[1] also played professional basketball.[2] He was a member of the American Basketball League's 1925-26 Brooklyn Arcadians.[1] He also played one game for the 1941-42 Trenton Tigers.[3]


  1. ^ a b ABL PLAYOFFS, 1926 and 1927
  2. ^ Bill James, The New Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract, p. 127.

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