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Outfielder - Leon Wagner Outfielder - Leon Wagner
Outfielder, Lefthanded; Giants; Cardinals; Angels; Indians; White Sox; 1958-1969

Leon Wagner was a solid line drive hitting outfielder and in his rookie year hit .307, 13 home runs in 74 games with the San Francisco Giants.

Traded to the Angels in 1961, colorful "Daddy Wags" blasted 37 homers, third highest in the American League. That year he played in both All-Star games, in the second game, Leon Wagner went 3-4 including a two run HR.

As a Cleveland Indian leftfielder, he hit 97 home runs from 1964-67. Always well-dressed, Wagner owned a clothing store whose slogan was, "Buy Your Rags at Daddy Wags". Leon Wagner career: .272 batting average, 211 home runs and 669 RBI's.



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Scott McGregor Scott McGregor
Starting Pitcher, Throws Left-handed, Switch-hitter; Baltimore Orioles 1976-1988; Born 1/18/1954; Inglewood, CA

Left-hander Scott McGregor was an integral part of the famed Baltimore Orioles' pitching staff of the late 1970's and early 1980's.

McGregor posted a winning record every year from 1978-1984 and his pitching helped the Orioles win the pennant in 1979. He won 20 games in 1980 and posted a 18-7 record in 1983 while pitching 260 innings including 12 complete games. Scott McGregor won the 5th and final game of the 1983 World Series, blanking the Phillies 5-0 on a five hitter. Scott McGregor career stats: 138-108, .561 pct in 356 games, 23 shutouts and 3.99 ERA.




Hal McRae Hal McRae
Outfielder, DH, Right-handed; Cincinnati Reds 1968, 1970-72; Kansas City Royals 1973-1987

Hal McRae was one of baseball's top hitters during the 1970's-1980's. He played in eight League Championship Series, four World Series and three All-Star games.

McRae was a 3-sport star high school athlete in Sebring, Florida and was a standout baseball player at Florida A&M. Hal was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds and played a key part in the 1970 World Series, batting .455 with 2 doubles and 3 RBI's. Hal McRae was traded to the Kansas City Royals in 1973 and became one of the AL's premier designated-hitters.

A career .290 hitter, in 1976, he hit .332, 2nd in the league. In 1977, McRae blasted 54 doubles, 21 HR's and scored 104 runs, which helped the Royals win the AL West. Against the Yankees in the Championship Series, McRae batted .444 in five games and set an ALCS record with 6 runs in a five game series. In 1982, Hal McRae batted .308, hit 46 doubles, 8 triples and hit a career high in homers with 27 and in RBI's with 133.

After retiring from active play, Hal managed the Royals and was one of only three managers to have a son, Brian, playing for the same team. Hal McRae's career numbers: .290 BA, 484 D's, 66 T's, 191 HR's, 940 Runs, 1097 RBI's and struckout only 779 times in 7218 at bats. Baseballhistorian.com




Carl Morton Carl Morton
1970 NL Rookie of the Year Starting Pitcher; Montreal Expos 1969-1972; Atlanta Braves 1973-1976

Carl Morton joined the Montreal Expos in 1969. In his' first full season, 1970, Carl Morton was voted the National League's Rookie of the Year. Known for his ability to keep his team in the ball game, Carl Morton averaged in his career over 6 innings per/game pitched. In 1970, he pitched 280 innings, 1973 256 innings, 1974 274 innings and 1975 277 innings. He was traded to the Atlanta Braves in 1973 and went 15-10, in 1974 he was 16-12, and 1975 - 17-16. Carl Morton's career numbers: 87-92, 3.73 ERA, 242GS, 51GC, and 13 shutouts. baseballhistorian.com




 


Dan Ford (1975-1985) Outfielder
OF/DH, Right-handed, Minnesota Twins 1975-1978; California Angels 1979-1981; Baltimore Orioles 1982-1985

A line-drive hitting outfielder, Dan Ford powered 473 extra base hits in a fine 11-year major league career before his bad knees prematurely ended his career in 1985.

Ford debuted in the majors with the Minnesota Twins and in his rookie season of 1975, he batted .280 with 21doubles and 15 home runs. In 1976 he drove in 86 runs and in 1978 drove in 82.

From 1975 thru 1979, he rapped 21, 24, 25, 36 and 26 doubles and after being on the disabled list for parts of 1980 and '81 returned and 21 and 30 doubles in 1982 and '83. Ford was second in the American League in triples with 10 in 1978.

After being traded to the California Angels in 1979, Ford lined a career best 21 homers, a career best .288 batting average and scored a career best 100 runs. And in the Angels' Division Championship hit two homers against the Baltimore Orioles in a losing cause.

Playing on the 1983 World Champion Baltimore Orioles, Ford hit .280 including 30 doubles in just 103 games.

Dan Ford's career stats: .270 BA, 1,123 hits, 214 Ds, 38 Ts, 121 Hr, 598 Runs, 566 RBIs, 722 Ks, 303 Walks and a nice .427 slugging percentage.



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