Kingman while with the Cubs.
|Left fielder / First baseman / Designated hitter|
Born: December 21, 1948|
|July 30, 1971 for the San Francisco Giants|
Last MLB appearance
|October 5, 1986 for the Oakland Athletics|
|Runs batted in||1,210|
Career highlights and awards
David Arthur Kingman (born December 21, 1948), nicknamed "Kong" and "Sky King", is a former Major League Baseball left fielder, first baseman, third baseman, and designated hitter. The 6' 6" Kingman was a powerful hitter known for his long home runs, with one measured at over 530 feet. He also struck out frequently, and usually posted a low batting average and on-base percentage. His 1,816 strikeouts was the fourth-highest total in MLB history at the time of his retirement. As a result of the increase in frequency of strikeouts in the intervening period, he currently ranks fourteenth as of June 2014.
Born in Pendleton, Oregon, Kingman moved with his family to Illinois and he attended Prospect High School, where he was a center and a forward on the basketball team, a wide receiver and safety on the football team, and a star pitcher on the baseball team.
He was drafted by the California Angels out of high school in the second round of the 1967 Major League Baseball Draft, and by the Baltimore Orioles in the first round of the 1968 draft, but chose, instead, to attend the University of Southern California (USC) to play college baseball for the USC Trojans under coach Rod Dedeaux. Kingman began as a pitcher before being converted to an outfielder. In
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San Francisco Giants
Kingman came up as an outfielder and first baseman with the San Francisco Giants. He made his major league debut on July 30,
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On April 16,
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New York Mets
Kingman played twelve games at third with the Mets; however, the Mets eventually abandoned the idea of Kingman as a third baseman and kept him primarily in the outfield. He emerged as a slugger upon his arrival in New York, setting a club record with 36 home runs in
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The best game of Kingman's Mets career occurred on June 4,
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Kingman was batting only .209 with nine home runs when he became one of the three players traded in the infamous "Midnight Massacre" in New York. On June 15,
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Following the season, Kingman signed as a free agent with the Chicago Cubs. Kingman had an excellent performance in Los Angeles on May 14,
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The best season of Kingman's career came with the Cubs in
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His .613 slugging percentage was almost 50 points higher than that of his next closest National League competition, Mike Schmidt. Kingman finished eleventh in NL MVP balloting that year and led the league in strikeouts for the first time in his career (131).
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Return to New York
In January 1980, the Payson heirs sold the Mets franchise to the Doubleday publishing company for $21.1 million. Nelson Doubleday, Jr. was named chairman of the board while minority shareholder Fred Wilpon took the role of club president. On February 28,
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Kingman primarily played first base upon his return to the Mets in 1981, and exclusively there his second season back in New York. In
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Kingman led the NL in strike outs both of his first two seasons in New York (105 in 1981 & 156 in 1982). On June 15,
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In three seasons as a DH in Oakland, he collected at least 30 home runs and 90 RBIs in each of those years. He also had two at-bats in this period which did not result in home runs, but nonetheless made news: in the Metrodome at Minnesota, on May 4, 1984, he hit a pop-up that flew into a hole in the roof and got stuck for a ground rule double. In a game in Seattle on April 11,
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During his final year in Oakland in 1986, Kingman sent a live rat in a pink box to Sue Fornoff, a sportswriter for The Sacramento Bee. The rat had a tag attached to it that read, "My name is Sue." Fornoff claimed that Kingman had told her that women do not belong in the clubhouse, and that he harassed her several times since she began covering the team the year before. Kingman himself said it was intended as a harmless practical joke. The A's fined Kingman $3,500 and warned that he would be released if a similar incident occurred again.
Hall of Fame candidacy
Kingman signed with the San Francisco Giants during the
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- List of top 300 Major League Baseball home run hitters
- Hitting for the cycle
- List of Major League Baseball home run champions
- "Pittsburgh Pirates 11, San Francisco Giants 15". Baseball Almanac. 1971-07-31. Retrieved 2008-07-31.
- "Pittsburgh Pirates 3, San Francisco Giants 8". Baseball Almanac. 1971-08-01. Retrieved 2008-07-31.
- "Cincinnati Reds 11, San Francisco Giants 0". Baseball-Reference.com. 1973-04-15.
- "Los Angeles Dodgers 15, San Francisco Giants 3". Baseball-Reference.com. 1973-05-13.
- "The true story of The Midnight Massacre - The Daily News". New York Daily News. 2007-06-17. Retrieved 2015-01-07.
- "Chicago Cubs 10, Los Angeles Dodgers 7". Retrosheet. 1978-05-14. Retrieved 2009-10-25.
- Jerry Crowe (July 20, 2009). "Olden Can Still Hear the Answer to One Question". Los Angeles Times.
- "Philadelphia Phillies 23, Chicago Cubs 22". Retrosheet. 1979-05-17. Retrieved 2009-10-25.
- "New York Mets 6, Chicago Cubs 4". Retrosheet. 1979-07-28. Retrieved 2009-10-25.
- "John Stearns Stats". Baseball Almanac. Retrieved 2009-10-25.
- "Scorecard". Sports Illustrated. 1980-04-21. Retrieved 2009-10-25.
- "Home Runs Year-by-Year Leaders". Baseball-almanac. Retrieved 2008-07-31.
- "Steve Carlton Statistics". Baseball-Reference. Retrieved 2008-07-31.
- "Oakland Athletics 9, Seattle Mariners 6". Retrosheet. 1984-04-16. Retrieved 2009-10-25.
- "Dave Kingman from the Chronology". Baseballlibrary.com. Retrieved 2009-10-25.
- New York Times (June 25, 1986) "Kingman Fined $3,500"
- Sports Illustrated (undated) Ugly Media-Athlete Confrontations
- "1992 Hall of Fame Vote Totals". National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. Archived from the original on 2008-02-28. Retrieved 2008-07-31.
- Career statistics and player information from MLB, or ESPN, or Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)
- Dave Kingman at Retrosheet
- Dave Kingman at Baseball Almanac
- The Dave Kingman Award
- Dave Kingman at the Ultimate Mets Database
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