Wednesday, September 3, 2014

#674 John Kennedy

Coincidence in thy name…Born on May 29th, 1941 on his more famous namesake  24th birthday…Both were fixtures of Washington DC in1962-3…to add to the identity sharing, the baseball John got personal mail forwarded from the White House as a case of mistaken addresses…A career reserve infielder mostly playing 3rd base…Only season as a regular was 1964 and had his best cumulative batting marks…Was traded to LA for the next season and was a bust….mostly relegated to the bench John hit .171 in 1965 then slightly improving to .201 in 1966…Traded in the off season to Yankees while the Dodgers were going to try fill the 3rd base abyss with others…Yankees had no better fortune with Mr. Kennedy hitting a paltry .191…After a year in the minors, Kennedy is sold to Seattle Pilots…exploits are written in Ball Four (he was not amused)....tags along east to become a Brewer…Despite s a decent start sent to the minor for 6 weeks…Resurfaces to the major league with the Red Sox…A custom fit for the rouge hose given his Irish name and red hair…logged in a .245 avg. in 785 AB’s over 4 years…1971 represented a career batting high water mark at .274 and slugging...done playing in 1974 after short stints with Sox then AAA Pawtucket. 

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