Valentine played seven seasons in the majors, breaking in with the Baltimore Orioles in 1959 and finishing with the same team in 1968. In between he spent five years with the Washington Senators, where he saw the bulk of his major-league action. He hit .276 with 16 home runs, 22 stolen bases and 77 runs scored in 1966 and finished 21st in the American League MVP vote. It was, by far, the best year of his career. Valentine finished with a .247 average and 36 home runs. He played one year in Japan before retiring.
Valentine’s first career home run came against the Los Angeles Angels on April 27, 1964. He took Ken McBride deep in the fifth inning. The Senators went on to win the game 6-3.
Fred Valentine – career stats