Born: May 12, 1951|
St. Louis, Missouri
|September 21, 1972 for the New York Mets|
Last MLB appearance
|June 25, 1985 for the Baltimore Orioles|
|Runs batted in||178|
Selected in the second round of the 1969 Major League Baseball Draft, he turned down a football scholarship at the University of Missouri to sign with the Mets. He is one of only a few Major League catchers to have worn glasses.
During the strike-shortened
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- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube
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