Celebrity Doubles: Del Ennis and Tom Hanks

If they were of the same generation, I’d say they were separated at birth.  You be the judge:

You know who the gent on your right is.  Yep, that’s Tom Hanks, whose closest flirtation with baseball was starring in the role of a baseball manager for an all-women’s team in the classic film, A League of Their Own.  You may not be as familiar with the gentleman on your left, Del Ennis, a star outfielder of the Philadelphia Phillies in the late 1940s and ’50s, surely one of the better ballplayers snubbed by the Hall of Fame.  Other than during their magical year of 1950, the Whiz Kids Phils were a light-hitting bunch, making it astounding that during the period of 1949 to 1957 Ennis accumulated more RBIs than anyone in baseball other than Stan Musial.

Del’s name came up the other day when Ryan Howard hit a homer to pass Ennis on the Phillies all-time home run list, jumping into distant second place behind Hall-of-Famer Michael Jack Schmidt.  Ennis was a native Philadelphian, under-appreciated in his time.  It’s good to see his career revisited, albeit briefly.  He may not have been in a league of his own, but for the caliber of talent on the Phils in those days he was mighty impressive.

About Leonard J. Press, O.D., FAAO, FCOVD

Developmental Optometry is my passion as well as occupation. Blogging allows me to share thoughts in a unique visual style.
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2 Responses to Celebrity Doubles: Del Ennis and Tom Hanks

  1. Daniel Wohlgelernter says:

    excellent post ! The Del Ennis-Tom Hanks look alikes remind us that we all have 98% of our DNA in common. I appreciate your respect and affection for the history of all good things Philadelphian !

  2. Len Press says:

    Glad you enjoyed it, and that we’re unabashedly biased about all good things Philadelphian. Much of the time I marvel at the 98% DNA commonality, though evidently the 2% difference has major statistical significance. 😉

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