Thursday, April 17, 2014

#721 Eddie Leon.

Member of a score of tribe middle infielders for 1970-71 seasons…colleagues include Larry Brown, Jack Heidemann, Chuck Hinton, Kurt Bevacqua, John Lowenstein, Vern Fuller, and even Sam McDowell (more on that next card) to name a few…Eddie mostly played 2nd with an occasional appearance at shortstop….Selected by the Twins in  the first amateur draft 1965 from U of Arizona where earned All American honors…thought signing bonus offer of $6500 was too low so he spurred them…eventually signed by Cleveland in 1967…by virtue of college resume he was able to start at the AA level…was a mid-July call up to the Tribe in 1969 taking over as regular shortstop for the remainder of the year… Career high water mark in most offensive categories was 1970...had 10 hrs that year…1971 saw less playing time but his highest batting average with a .261 mark…eventually was traded to the White Sox for the 1973 season….resulted in more At Bats but his strikeouts were high and batting average was sub average…. Had one At Bat for the Yankees in 1975….favorite hobby is golf…sported a heavy duty mustache (associated with the adult film industry) in later years…resides in the Tucson area and worked in real estate development.

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