Dan Porter

Dan PorterDan Porter was a hard-hitting outfielder who was signed as a bonus baby by the Washington Senators as a 17-year old in 1949. He did well in the minor leagues and was called up to the majors as a 19-year old in 1951, appearing in 13 games mostly as a pinch-hitter. He got four hits and walked twice while playing foe legendary manager Bucky Harris. He was in line for a position in the Nats outfield in 1952 but he was drafted into the U.S. Army and spent two years serving in the Korean War. when he returned he wasn’t quite the same ballplayer – he lost some of the pop in his bat. Porter spent four seasons in the Washington farm system, much of them in Chattanooga where he was a fan favorite. After the ’57 season he retired having not reached his goal of returning to the big leagues. He went back to his home in Illinois and served as a U.S. Postal service employee for many years.