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Leo W. Nonnenkamp Autographs, Memorabilia & Collectibles

Born: July 07, 1911 in St. Louis, Missouri
Died: December 03, 2000 in Little Rock, Arkansas
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Red Nonnenkamp
This article was written by Bill Nowlin and is presented in part, courtesy of the Society for American Baseball Research

Red Nonnenkamp had to wait 1,702 days after his first major-league game to get his first base hit. After his September 6, 1933, debut with Pittsburgh in which he pinch-hit unsuccessfully, Leo came through on May 6, 1938 with his first big league safety. Nonnenkamp, in his 12th appearance for the Boston Red Sox, singled off St. Louis Browns pitcher Buck Newsom in a 7-3 Sox victory. Nonnenkamp got a chance to play in other than a pinch-hitting or pinch-running role, after regular Sox right fielder Ben Chapman was suspended. Leo took advantage of his opportunity and finally put some numbers up in the hits column.

Once Nonnenkamp got going, he put together a fine year, batting .283 for Boston. It was the best in a career that saw him hit .262 in 263 at-bats and drive in 24 runs.

Leo William Nonnenkamp was born in St. Louis on July 7, 1911, the only son of John Theodore Nonnenkamp (1877-1960) and his wife, Elizabeth Kruse Nonnenkamp (1881-1968.) He had two older sisters: Florence (b. 1906) and Lillian (b. 1909). Leo’s father, John, had three brothers and four sisters. Leo’s great-grandfather Joseph Nonnenkamp was born in Germany, near Hannover, and immigrated to the United States through the port of New Orleans, settling in St. Louis.

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