Unser played for 15 years in the big leagues, breaking in with the Washington Senators in 1968 and finishing with the Philadelphia Phillies in 1982. He finished second in the Rookie of the Year vote in his first year with Washington. In 1969 he hit .286 and led the league with eight triples. He finished 23rd in the American League MVP vote that season. Unser remained a starting outfielder for the Senators, the Cleveland Indians, Philadelphia Phillies, New York Mets and Montreal Expos through 1978. He went back to the Phillies in 1979, shifting into a pinch-hit/part-time roll in the process. Unser played four more years for Philadelphia before retiring in 1982. He finished his career with a .258 average and 1,344 career hits.
Unser was part of the 1980 Philadelphia Phillies team that won the World Series. He went three-for-six in the Series against the Kansas City Royals, with two doubles, two RBIs and two runs scored. Unser’s three consecutive pinch-hit home runs came in 1979. He played college baseball at Mississippi State where he was an All-American in 1966. He is a member of the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame. His father, Al Unser, was a catcher for the Detroit Tigers and Cincinnati Reds from 1942-1945.
Del Unser – career stats