A Final Season: The 1954 Philadelphia Athletics

By Thomas Van Hyning

This article was published in the 2013 The National Pastime.

Bill Renna was playing winter ball for the 1953–54 San Juan Senators, managed by Harry Craft, after his 1953 rookie season with the world champion New York Yankees, when a local sportswriter got the news Renna had been traded to the Philadelphia A’s in an 11-player deal. Renna, the San Juan right fielder, “was surprised when he (the sportswriter) told me. Then (I) played three-to-four more weeks for San Juan. (Eddie) Joost phoned me; he told me to come back to the states.” Little did Renna know the 1954 . . .

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