Monday, June 8, 2015

no. 419 - ron hansen

Who is the man: Ron Hansen completed his first season with the Yankees in 1970, appearing in 59 games as a utility infielder.

Can ya dig it: Hansen looks like he's holding a toothpick for a bat.

Right on: Great look at Yankee Stadium on this card.

You see that cat Hansen is a bad mother: Hansen was the American League Rookie of the Year in 1960 when he played for the Orioles.

Shut your mouth: Hansen was traded for second baseman Tim Cullen twice in the same year (White Sox to the Senators and then the Senators to the White Sox). It was the first time in major league history that had happened.

No one understands him but his woman: Hansen is one of just 15 major leaguers to turn an unassisted triple play. For a long time in my fandom, he was the most recent player to perform that feat as there was no one to do it between Hansen's UTP in 1968 and Mickey Morandini's in 1992. But it has happened five times since 2000.

(A word about the back): Hansen's .297 batting average for the Yankees in 1970 was by far his highest season batting average. The second highest was .261 in 1964.

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