Don Demeter

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1959 Topps

Demeter spent 11 seasons in the big leagues, amassing close to 1,000 hits and playing for five different clubs. He broke in with Brooklyn in 1956, but only played in three game before returning to the minor leagues. He came back up in 1958, again with the Dodgers, but now in Los Angeles. This time he would stick around and in 1959, he played 139 games for the Dodgers in the outfield. Demeter hit .256 with 18 home runs that season, helping the Dodgers to a World Series title in the process. His best years, however, were yet to come. Demeter joined the Phillies in 1961 and had his best season the following year. In 1962, he hit .307 with 29 home runs and 107 RBI. He also scored 85 runs. It was a fantastic year for him, as all of those numbers were career bests. His production earned him plenty of MVP votes as he finished 12th in the National League voting that season. While he was good with his bat, Demeter was even better with his glove. He did not commit an error from the end of the 1962 season until the middle of the 1965 campaign. It was a Major League Baseball record that would stand until 1994. Demeter is a member of the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame.

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Demeter was listed as the favorite teammate of Fred Kipp.

Don Demeter – career stats

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