Jose Tartabull

1962 Topps

Tartabull spent nine seasons playing for the Kansas City/Oakland A’s and Boston Red Sox. From 1962-1970, he appeared in 749 games and hit .261 with two home runs while stealing 81 bases. He played in 107 games for the Kansas City A’s as a rookie and had, arguably, his strongest season at the plate, hitting .277 with 49 runs scored, 22 RBIs and 19 steals, all of which would serve as his career highs. He played in 104 games for the A’s in 1964, but hit just .200, then hit .261 in 105 games in 1966, which he split between Kansas City and Boston. Tartabull played in 115 games for the Red Sox in 1967 and hit .223


He went to the World Series with the “Impossible Dream” Red Sox in 1967, where the team took on the St. Louis Cardinals. Tartabull played in all seven games of the series and hit .154 as Boston lost to the Cardinals.

Tartabull’s son, Danny Tartabull, had an all-star career while playing for multiple teams. We reached out to Danny in September but have not heard back yet.

Jose Tartabull – career stats 

1966 Topps

Published by Chris

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

2 thoughts on “Jose Tartabull

  1. Great player. I remember watching him when I was playing in local programs. He could scoot and was always a threat offensively. Great letter. Thank you


  2. Danny hit 260 more HR’s than his father, Jose. When asked by a reporter from where he got his power, he answered simply “My Mother”.


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