champ summers stats

Is this the highest OPS+ for anyone in their final season, say minimu 300 PA? Still a surprising… Read more ». In 1980, he had another big year, batting .297 with a .393 on-base percentage, .504 slugging percentage and .897 OPS. Actually I guess I can solve this mystery myself. Thanks RJ, appreciate the info. Their career lengths were almost exactly the same (Will played in 18 more games and had 53 more PAs) and they have the exact same career OPS+ (137). Champ's best seasons were 1979 and 1980, when he hit 38 of his 54 career home runs and 121 of his 218 career RBIs. I recall reading that Champ never, I repeat: never played “organized” baseball while growing up. You called it, Jeff. Great memories. After two seasons with the Giants, he was traded to the San Diego Padres, where he played his final season in 1984. John Junior "Champ" Summers (June 15, 1946 – October 11, 2012) was a Major League Baseball outfielder and first baseman for six teams during his eleven-year career that spanned from 1974 to 1984. Thanks for the post. Your name and swing were a match in Tiger Stadium — .294/.400/.569. Summers bounced between the minors and majors, mostly as a pinch hitter, until Sparky Anderson brought him to Detroit as a designated hitter. Once a player of Roger’s / Connors’ / Agasse’s ability passes 12/13 it gets very difficult for even an excellent amateur to defeat them. But Summers' biggest hit of the season was a pinch-hit grand slam on April 10, 1984 off of St. Louis Cardinals right-hander Bob Forsch propelling the Padres to a 7-3 victory en route to a sizzling 10-2 start and runaway capture of club's first division title. They are getting strong enough to get ambitious with their serves. As the Tigers celebrate their ALDS victory, news comes (thanks to HHS reader Steven for this alert) of the passing of a former fan favorite in the motor city, albeit in a brief stint with the Tigers. Discovered playing in a men’s softball league. copyright=new Date();

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Here’s that list, for final season, 300 PA, age 35 or more. Anyone know the backstory on why Will Clark retired when he did? BTW I don’t think I’m being too controversial when I say that The Thrill should have got way more HOF consideration. All four had more than a 150 point spread between their BA and OBP. [1] He was signed by the Oakland Athletics as an amateur free agent in 1971, after being discovered in a men's softball league following his service in Vietnam.
The other two players were Ferris Fain and Roy Cullenbine. John Junior "Champ" Summers (June 15, 1946 – October 11, 2012) was a Major League Baseball outfielder and first baseman for six teams during his eleven-year career that spanned from 1974 to 1984. Of course Jack was primarily an outfielder whereas Will was almost exclusively a first baseman. I forgot that some important events happened after the 2007 season; everything Bonds-related that happened after 2004 is kinda jumbled together for me. I guess it’s not incorrect when comparing him to his former greatness when he was younger and a CFer, but he certainly was contributing with the bat at the end thanks to his ability to draw walks, and still the ability to hit the long ball. Hence the late start to his career. The latest stats, facts, news and notes on Champ Summers of the San Diego Skip to Navigation Skip to Main Content Skip to Related Content In 1984, there were 12 nonpitchers with at least 40 games but fewer than 1.5 PAs per game. Anyone who beat Federer has a great story. Bonds and Greenberg on the above list are two of only four players with a final season of 80+ walks, and walking in over 20% of PAs. Don’t think he started until after Vietnam, when he went to college.

Perhaps the grind of dealing with nagging injuries contributed to his early exit from the game.
I was a bit taken aback when I saw Summers had died. update=copyright.getFullYear(); He retired after 1968, the year of the pitcher. After being traded to the Cardinals in mid-season, he absolutely raked (1.081 OPS) and then had a big postseason including a 1.206 OPS in the NLCS. I don’t really like Clark for the HOF either; I just don’t think he played long enough. Summers played with the Oakland Athletics, Chicago Cubs, Cincinnati Reds, Detroit Tigers, San Francisco Giants and San Diego Padres. A structured playoff series began in 1969, when both the National and American League reorganized into two divisions each, East and West. In 1979, he hit a career high 21 home runs, batted .291 with a .401 on-base percentage and a .556 slugging percentage for a .956 OPS. They start wiping the court with you. Did you know that 65,829 fans watched the League Championship game played on October 11, 2003 - the most of any single game in Major League history?

: -). His fortunes changed early in the 1979 season with a trade to Detroit where, under new Tigers manager Sparky Anderson, Summers finally got to play on at least a semi-regular basis. Every Sports Reference Social Media Account Site Last Updated: Wednesday, October 14, 4:30AM He is a member of the SIUE's Athletics Hall of Fame.[3]. The Tigers were loaded with the young talent that would eventually get them to the top in ’84, but it’s absolutely true that Champ Summers and John Wockenfuss were the fan favorites during those years, and they seemed to be player favorites too…probably good mentors for the rising stars. "Sports sobriquets are laced with puns – and daggers" (Chuck Wielgus,, "Champ Summers, 10-year major leaguer who retired to Ocala, dies at 66",, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, September 30, 1984, for the San Diego Padres, Career statistics and player information from, This page was last edited on 30 July 2020, at 01:58. “The first part of my life was based on being a baseball player.

The Champ Summers League Championship Series stats seen below include his League Championship Series year-by-year hitting stats, League Championship Series fielding stats, and League Championship Series pitching stats (where applicable). JA, thanks. He seems to have hit really well in almost all of his minor league career. He actually had a couple of really fine seasons with the bat although his defense doesn’t appear to have been much in the field. . In 1985, the format of the League Championship Series changed to best-of-seven. I have played three players here in Basel who beat Roger Federer when he was young. Summers had five RBIs in a single game in May 1979. Against the Indians in Oakland, he was inserted as a defensive replacement in the top of the ninth, for none other "Do you have a favorite quote from or about this particular Major League Baseball player that you would like to see here?

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