Charles “Boots” Day

1971 Topps

Day played for six years in the majors, breaking in with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1969 and finishing with the Montreal Expos in 1974. In 471 games, Day hit .256 with eight home runs. He had his best season in 1971, while playing for the Expos. Day hit .283 that year and set career highs in runs scored (53) and RBIs (33). In addition to the Cardinals and Expos, Day played briefly for the Chicago Cubs in 1970.

On July 2, 1973, Day came to the plate in the bottom of the 10th inning of the Expos’ game against the New York Mets at Parc Jarry in Montreal. Buzz Capra was on the hill for the Mets and Day took him deep to give the Expos a 2-1 walkoff win.

On Oct. 2, 1972, Bill Stoneman threw his second career no-hitter, beating the Mets 7-0. Day started the game in centerfield and had one hit, a triple that plated Tim McCarver, Ken Singleton and Jim Fairey, in the bottom of the third inning. Montreal won the game 7-0.

Day wore the number eight when he played for the Expos. The number was eventually given to Expos’ rookie catcher Gary Carter in 1975. Carter went on to the baseball Hall of Fame and the team retired the number.

Following his playing career, Day coached and worked as a scout. He retired from coaching in 2021 after serving as the bench coach for the Evansville Otters in the Frontier League.

We featured Ron Fairly in 2018.

Boots Day – career stats

1972 Topps

Published by Chris

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

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