A five-time Gold Glove winner, Rader played 11 years in the major leagues, posting a .251 batting average and hitting 155 home runs along the way. He arrived with the Houston Astros in 1967 and stayed with the team until he was dealt to San Diego in 1975. Nicknamed the Red Rooster because of his red hair, Rader played for the Padres for two seasons and had another year with the Toronto Blue Jays before retiring in 1977. From 1970 to 1974 he was the National League’s Gold Glove third baseman and it was also during this time he enjoyed his best offensive years. He hit .252 with 25 home runs, 87 RBIs and 90 runs scored in 1970, which was arguably his best season at the plate.
Following his playing career Rader managed in the minor leagues and eventually in the big leagues as well. He skippered the Texas Rangers, Chicago White Sox and California Angels. After his managing run, he was the hitting coach for the Florida Marlins.
Doug Rader – career stats