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Complied from old 1960s newspapers, books and mostly from - 'this and that'

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Reviewing a few All-Stars and Veteran Players around the majors in the early 1960s. How Many Can You Recall???

Bill Monbouquette, Pitcher RH, Boston Red Sox 1958-1964 one of the American League's top pitchers during the early 60s, Monbouquette, a junk ball artist, relied on pin-point control to post a 20-10 in 36 starts in 1963, walking just 42 batters in 266 2/3 innings, while striking out 174. He broke into the majors at age 21 with Boston in '58 and by 1960 was the Red Sox main man... going 14-11, 3.64 ERA, 14-14, 3.39 ERA, 15-13, 3.33 ERA, 20-10, 3.81 ERA and 13-14, 4.04 ERA from 1960 thru 1964. Monbouquette was a 3-time All-Star (1960, 1962 and 1963) - and hurled a no-hitter against the Chicago White Sox on August 1, 1962.

Johnny Edwards, Catcher, Bats LH T RH, Cincinnati 1961-64 - one of the best all-around backstops, Edwards played on the National League's All-Star teams in 1963 and 1964... and he set a major league record for catchers with 1,008 putouts in '63. In the 1961 World Series against the Yankees he hit .364, going 4-for-11 with 2 doubles and 2 RBIs. A veteran of three big-league seasons, John Edwards hit 28 doubles in '62, 19 in '63 and this season ('64) he batted .281, with 23 doubles, 7 homers, and drove in 55 runs.

Myron 'Moe' Drabowsky, Pitcher RH, Kansas City 1962-64 - debuted in '56 with the Cubs... in '57 struck out 170 in 240 innings while chalking up a 13-15 W/L and a fine 3.53 ERA. Moe Drabowsky was traded to Houston in mid-1960 and pitched for the Braves and Reds in '61-'62 before being traded to the KC Athletics in mid-'62. In 1963, Moe was 7-13, 3.05 ERA in 170 innings of work. used as a starter and reliever in `1964, Drabowsky appeared in 53 games, went 5-13.

1964 Strike Outs by Batters: American League: Nelson Mathews, KC A's 143... Don Lock, Wash Senators 137... Harmon Killebrew, Twins 135... Dick Stuart, Red Sox 130... Dave Nicholson, White Sox 126... Leon Wagner, Indians 121 National League: Dick Allen, Phillies 138... Billy Cowan, Cubs 128... Lou Brock, Cardinals 127... Frank Howard, Dodgers 113... Leo Cardenas, Reds 110... Bill White, Cardinals 110 -

1964 Walks by Batters: American League: Norm Siebern, Orioles 106... Mickey Mantle, Yankees 99... Harmon Killebrew, Twins 93... Wayne Causey. KC A's 88... Jim Gentile, KC A's 84... Rocky Colavito, KC A's 83... Don Lock, Wash Senators 79 National League: Ron Santo, Cubs 86... Eddie Mathews, Milw Braves 85... Willie Mays, SF Giants 82... Frank Robinson, Reds 79... Jim Fregosi, LA Angels 72... Ken Boyer, Cardinals 70... Denis Menke, Milw Braves 68

Wayne Causey, Shortstop, Bats Left - T RH, Baltimore 1955-57; Kansas City 1961-1964 - a defensive ace shortstop, Causey was originally a Oriole bonus baby and broke into the majors at age 19 with them in '55, but hit just around .200 while playing part-time for three seasons before being sent back to the minors for 2 1/2 years. Causey was signed by the Kansas City Athletics in 1961 and batted .276 and .252 in his first 2-years back in the big-leagues. He then developed into one of the best hitting shortstops in the game. In 1963, he hit .280, lined 32 and scored 72 runs... in '64, he lined 32 doubles and hit .281 to lead the team in batting.

Don Demeter, Outfielder RH, Detroit Tigers 1964 - broke into the big-leagues with the Dodgers... scouts rate 4+-Stars defensive outfielder... played two-plus years with the Phillies. In 1962 Demeter crashed 24 doubles, 29 home runs, 107 RBIs. Followed that by hitting 20 Ds, 22 Hr, 83 RBIs in 1963. Traded to Detroit in 1964 Don Detemer set a record by playing errorless ball in 228 straight games, spanning two seasons. For Tigers in 1964, he hit 22 Ds and 22 Hr, 80 RBIs while batting .265 in 134 games... was Tigers top clutch-hitter in '64, driving in the tying or leading run 36-times.

Bob Kennedy, Manager-Coach, Chicago Cubs 1964 - born in Chicago...he finished his third year as head coach-manager on a staff of 15 assistants... Bob Kennedy has been in professional ball since '37 when he broke in as a third baseman for the Chicago White Sox... later moved to outfield because of his strong throwing arm. His playing career spanned 17 seasons with various major league teams. In Cleveland's World Series of 1948, he hit .500 and was a big factor in their winning the Series. Baseball History

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