Altman spent nine seasons in the majors as an outfielder and first baseman, clubbing 101 home runs for the Cubs, Cardinals and Mets. In his best season, he blasted 27 home runs and drove in 96, while hitting .303 for the 1961 Cubs. He was twice named to the National League All-Star team and was the first player to ever homer twice off Sandy Koufax in the same game. Prior to breaking into MLB, Altman played for three months for the Kansas City Monarchs in the Negro Leagues. Following his time in the majors, Altman spent seven years playing baseball in Japan. He documented his fascinating journey through three different professional baseball leagues in a book titled My Journey From the Negro Leagues and Beyond available here.
George Altman – career stats