Swings and misses

Hall of Fame manager Tony LaRussa spent six years as a reserve infielder in the majors, playing for the Kansas City/Oakland A’s, Atlanta Braves and Chicago Cubs from 1963-1973. In 132 games he hit .199 with no home runs. His busiest year was 1970 with Oakland. He played in 52 games that season and hit […]

Mick Kelleher

Kelleher spent 11 years playing in the majors, breaking in with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1972 and finishing with the California Angels in 1982. He was mainly a reserve infielder, but did play in 124 games for the Chicago Cubs in 1976. He hit .228 that year with 22 RBIs and 28 runs scored. […]

Swings and misses

Fran Healy caught for nine seasons in the majors, mostly as a reserve for the San Francisco Giants, Kansas City Royals and New York Yankees. He had one season as a starter, playing 139 games for the Royals in 1974. He hit .252 with nine home runs, 53 RBIs and 59 runs scored that year. […]

Amos Otis

A five-time all star, Otis starred for the Kansas City Royals through the 1970’s and into the 1980’s. He came up with the New York Mets in 1967 but was traded to Kansas City following the 1969 season. The Royals made him their starting center fielder and he blossomed with the team, making his first […]

Mike Anderson

From 1971-1979, Anderson spent nine seasons roaming major league outfields, hitting .246 with 28 home runs during his career. He was drafted in the first round by the Philadelphia Phillies in 1969 and came up with the big club in 1971. He played in 87 games for Philadelphia in 1973, hitting .254 with a career-high […]

Charlie Spikes

The “Bogalusa Bomber,” Spikes played for nine years in the big leagues. He was drafted by the New York Yankees in the first round of the 1969 draft and made his way up with New York in 1972 but was dealt to the Cleveland Indians following the season. He blasted 23 home runs for the […]