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Manly Traylor

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An outstanding catcher and along ball hitter, Manly Traylor earned numerous honors in a career which spanned 33 years. A frequent state and regional tournament all-star, he was the state tournament’s most valuable player leading Phoenix Elks to the championship. He participated in two national tournaments, for the Elks and for McGinnis Equipment Company. He also starred for Roy Brooks Plumbers, International Metals and Funk Jewelers in the Phoenix Major League. A Marine Corps veteran, he played with Marine teams in New Zealand, Hawaii and Saipan, where his teams won the division championship. A power hitter, he once hit for the cycle and once hit three home runs and a triple in a single game. In a district tournament game in Globe’s O’Brien Baseball Park, he hit a home run which cleared the left field fence, 365 feet from home plate. And in Mesa’s Rendezvous Park, he cleared the 335-foot barrier in left field. He also was player-manager for the Globe Elks. He continued playing until he was fifty years of age.