Swings and misses

Joe Hicks played in 212 games during five years in the big leagues. He played from 1959-1963 and hit .221 with 12 home runs. He played sparingly for the Chicago White Sox in his first two years, then joined the Washington Senators in 1961. Hicks played in 102 games for the team in 1962 andContinue reading “Swings and misses”

Dick Simpson

Simpson played for six different teams during seven years in the majors. In 288 games he hit .207 with 15 home runs. He broke in as a 19-year old with the Los Angeles Angels in 1962 and promptly got a hit in his first at bat. Simpson never found any regular playing time with theContinue reading “Dick Simpson”

Swings and misses

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. The long-time OaklandContinue reading “Swings and misses”

Fred Valentine

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 runsContinue reading “Fred Valentine”

Pat Corrales

Corrales had a nine-year run as a backup catcher for the Philadelphia Phillies, St. Louis Cardinals, Cincinnati Reds and San Diego Padres from 1964-1973. He appeared in 300 games, hitting .216 with four home runs. He never played more than 63 games in a season. This happened in 1965 with the Phillies when he hitContinue reading “Pat Corrales”

Swings and misses

A veteran of six big-league seasons, Joe Presko pitched from 1951-1958 for the St. Louis Cardinals and Detroit Tigers. He went 25-37 in 128 games with a 4.61 ERA and five saves. He won seven games in each of his first two seasons with the Cardinals but was a 13-game loser for St. Louis inContinue reading “Swings and misses”