Gary Allenson

Allenson caught for seven seasons in the big leagues, breaking in with the Boston Red Sox in 1979 and finishing with the Toronto Blue Jays in 1985. In 416 major-league games he hit .221 with 19 home runs. Mainly a backup backstop, Allenson appeared in a career-high 108 games in his rookie season after anContinue reading “Gary Allenson”

Swings and misses

One of the 100-oldest-living baseball players, Val Heim appeared in 13 games for the Chicago White Sox in 1942. He hit .200 in 45 at bats with seven RBIs and six runs scored. Heim spent the next three years serving in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He returned to professional baseball in 1946Continue reading “Swings and misses”

Dalton Jones

Jones spent nine years playing in the majors for three different teams. He hit .235 during the span, with 41 home runs. He came up a highly-touted prospect with the Boston Red Sox in 1964 and saw action in 118 games. He had the best year of his career for the 1967 Red Sox, hittingContinue reading “Dalton Jones”

Tommy Helms

The National League Rookie of the Year in 1966, Helms spent 14 years in the big leagues, playing for four teams from 1964-1977. He played in just 23 games in 1964 and 1965, but became the Cincinnati Reds starting third baseman in 1966. He hit .284 that season with nine home runs and 72 runsContinue reading “Tommy Helms”

Swings and misses

A five-time all star, Cecil Cooper spent 17 years in the big leagues, playing for the Boston Red Sox and Milwaukee Brewers the entire time. He hit .298 in his career with 241 home runs. Cooper’s career flourished after he was dealt from Boston to Milwaukee. In addition to his five trips to the All-StarContinue reading “Swings and misses”

Tom House

Perhaps best known for catching Hank Aaron’s 715th home run, House pitched for eight seasons in the majors, going 29-23 with 33 saves. He came up with the Atlanta Braves in 1971, bouncing back and forth between the majors and minors for the next couple seasons. By 1973 he was an important member of theContinue reading “Tom House”

Ben Oglivie

A three-time all star, Oglivie spent 16 years patrolling major league outfields for the Boston Red Sox, Detroit Tigers and most notably, the Milwaukee Brewers. He came up with the Red Sox in 1971, then was dealt to the Tigers in 1973. A couple years later he was a regular for Detroit. He hit 21Continue reading “Ben Oglivie”

Bill Campbell

A two-time ‘Rolaids Relief Man,” Campbell pitched for 15 years in the majors, compiling a 83-68 record with 126 saves for seven teams from 1973-1987. He came up with the Minnesota Twins in 1973 and by the following year he was the team’s primary closer. Campbell saved 19 games in 1974 then went 17-5 withContinue reading “Bill Campbell”

Dick Drago

Drago won 108 games during a 13-year major league career. He was most effective as a starter for the Kansas City Royals, the team he came up with in 1969. He won 11 games as a rookie then went 17-11 with a 2.98 ERA in 1971. His performance earned him fifth place in the AmericanContinue reading “Dick Drago”