Swings and misses

An all-star in 1973, Manny Mota spent 20 years playing in the majors for the San Francisco Giants, Pittsburgh Pirates, Montreal Expos and Los Angeles Dodgers. In 1,536 games he hit .304 with 31 home runs. A superb pinch hitter, Mota retired as the all-time leader in pinch hits with 150. His mark has sinceContinue reading “Swings and misses”

Ted Savage

Savage spent nine seasons playing in the majors. He came up with the Philadelphia Phillies in 1962 and served as one of the team’s regular outfielders, hitting .266 with seven home runs and 16 stolen bases while playing in 127 games. The season was the start of a long, winding road for Savage. He wasContinue reading “Ted Savage”

Jim Campbell

Campbell played in 82 games for the Houston Colt .45’s during the first two years of the franchise’s existence (1962-1963). In 244 at bats, he hit .221 with seven home runs while serving as a catcher for the team. Campbell’s best year was his second, when he hit .222 with four home runs and 19Continue reading “Jim Campbell”

Dick Tracewski

Tracewski spent eight seasons manning various infield positions for the Los Angeles Dodgers and Detroit Tigers from 1962-1969. In 614 games he hit .213 with eight home runs. He twice (1963, 1964) played in over 100 games, with 1964 going down as his best year at the plate. He played in 106 games that seasonContinue reading “Dick Tracewski”

Bob Saverine

Saverine played in 379 games for the Baltimore Orioles and Washington Senators between 1959-1967. He hit .239 with six home runs and 23 stolen bases in his major league career. He was a starter for Baltimore in 1963, playing in 115 games and hitting .234. His best year came in 1966 for the Senators. HeContinue reading “Bob Saverine”

Hank Fischer

Fischer went 30-39 over a six-year stint in the big leagues. He came up with the Milwaukee Braves in 1962 and stuck around for 1963. His best season came in 1964 when he went 11-10 for Milwaukee. As he notes on his questionnaire, Fischer pitched five shutouts that season and added a couple saves asContinue reading “Hank Fischer”