was born in Chicago, IL in November of 1950 and was drafted
with the number one pick for Philadelphia in 1968.
Being 6'1 and 220 lbs, I was a real big guy and turned down
numerous football scholarships to play baseball.
I was a first baseman in the minors, but they moved me
to left field where I became regular for the Phillies.
I missed out on the "Rookie of the Year" award in 1972 (.281
avg, 18 Hr, 68 Rbi, and 158 H, because of a rule stating
that a player is not eligible for an award if he has over
100 major league AB in the previous season (I had exactly
100 in '71).
A natural Home Run hitter, I slammed two tape measure Hr's
at the Vet in '72; one was a 500-foot blast off the top
of the Liberty Bell (off Burt Hooten of the Cubs), and the
other hit the Game in Progress Scoreboard in left
I played for 15 years in the majors from '70-'80 with the
Phillies and from '81-'84 with the White Sox (where I was
a DH). I had a lifetime batting average of .276, hit
307 Hr's, and knocked in 1128 Rbi's. I played in five
League Championship Series (4 with the Phillies and one
in '83 with the White Sox), but only made it to the World
Series once in 1980 (we beat the Royals).
Being "Strong like Bull" I went for the long ball many
a time, and because of that also struck out over 90 times
in a season for just about half of my major league career