Swings and misses

1967 Topps

Between 1962-1966 Larry Elliot appeared in 157 games for the Pittsburgh Pirates and New York Mets. In 437 at bats he hit .236 with 15 home runs. His best year came with the Mets in 1966 when he hit ..246 with five home runs and a career-high 32 RBIs in 65 games.

1985 New York Mets postcard

The long-time Oakland A’s general manager and inspiration for the book and film MoneyballBilly Beane played for four teams from 1984-1989, hitting .219 with three home runs in 148 games. Beane played in 80 games for the Minnesota Twins in 1986 and hit .213 with all three of his career home runs. He has been far more successful as a general manager. Beane took over the A’s in 1997 and was named MLB’s top executive in 2012 and 2018.

Tommy Harper declined the chance to participate. Letters sent to Keith Mitchell, Cecil Fielder, Ted Savage and Manny Mota were returned with bad addresses.

Published by Chris

Writer, historian, father, intrepid traveller, journalist, aging punk ... I am actually in a Hall of Fame.

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