|A fun loving guy, Dan Ford lined 214 doubles, 38 triples and 121 home runs in a major league career spanning 11-years, 1975-1985.
Ford debuted with Minnesota in 1975 and collected 86 RBIs in 1976, and next year had 82 RBIs. He played on the division winning California Angels in 1979 and in the ALCS hit two homers against the Baltimore Orioles. And after being traded to Baltimore played on their World Series winner in 1983.
Well, here's the story on 'Disco Dan' Ford:
Playing for the Minnesota Twins in a game in 1978, he was on third base with the bases loaded. The next batter lined a single and Ford started running backwards towards home plate - urging the runner on second to come home. But 'Disco Dan' never scored. He hesitated so as to turn around and head for home but the runner from second passed him up. He was called out. Gene Mauch, the Twins manager, immediately took Ford from the game.
In another game against the Detroit Tigers, Ford was going from first-to-third on a single to right. When the right-fielder's throw sent Tiger third baseman Aurelio Rodriguez about 15 feet down the line to field the ball, Ford slid into Rodriguez. Had he merely slid into 3rd base, he would have been safe by 15 feet.
Umpires also ejected Ford from a game for using a corked bat in 1981, and in another game he had to change his shoes for wearing illegal spikes.
Baseballhistorian.com - Rotating Green Boxes
For more this and that about ballplayers, type in the words - green boxes - into our 'Search' located on the Home Page.