Les Fusselman

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Lester Leroy Fusselman

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Biographical Information[edit]

Les Fusselman was signed as a free agent in 1942 but didn't play in the majors until ten years later, in 1952, when he was 31 years old. He had been at Western Illinois University in 1940 and 1941 and was in the service from 1942 to 1945. In 1952 and 1953, he appeared in a total of 43 games as a catcher with the St. Louis Cardinals. Del Rice was the starting catcher both years, and although Rice had broken into the majors in 1945, he was two years younger than Fusselman.

Several of his minor league seasons were spent with the Columbus Red Birds. One source says that after his baseball days he worked as a driver and as a salesman.

He died at the age of 49.

He was the second major league player to come from Western Illinois University, the college which also produced Rick Reuschel and Paul Reuschel.

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