Wednesday, July 16, 2014

#687 Del Unser

Steady, hustling, player with a 15 year career….Son MLB player Al Unser…Drafted by Senators…Spent a 1 ¼ season at AA York…circumvented AAA to become starting Centerfield for 1968 Senators squad… No sophomore slump best season was 1969 with a .286 BA and lead the AL in Triples…Was a Senator mainstay for four years…traded to the Tribe for 1972…circumventing wearing a Ranger uniform in the hot Texas sun…but atlas, time with Tribe was disappointment…Trade to Phillies resurrected his career and he became a regular…Primarily a line drive hitter with occasional pop…Then traded to Mets for 1975 and then Expos mid season 1976…Strong arm and was a leader in outfield assists for several years…With diminishing playing time and production in Canada, Del opts for free agency and returns to Philly….becomes a valued pinch hitter….Hits well in both 1980 NLCS and WS…after playing days are over became a fixture in Philadelphia’s front office.


Note to the Topps 1972 writer…stop lying about Del…looking at the back of card his 5 for 5 game was August 20, 1968…his 118th game of the year…not opening day in Washington...In reality he went 1 for4 that day.



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