Friday, April 03, 2009

#333 Tommie Reynolds

#333 Tommie Reynolds
I really need to get cranking with these entries, because I got a significant box of 1965 Topps cards in the mail today. How significant? I haven't even had time to sort them yet! Thanks to reader Jamie, who hopefully will get to see some of his contributions sometime before 2010. Today's special is Tommie Reynolds, who sneaked into a box of Orioles that Jim of the Garvey, Cey, Russell, and Lopes blog sent me. In return, I sent a parcel of Dodgers and Twins. Thanks, Jim!

Fun facts about Tommie Reynolds:

-Hailed from Arizona, LA. Signed with the A's as an amateur free agent in 1963.

-Hit .332 with 27 home runs with the A-level Burlington Bees in his first pro season to earn a late-season promotion to Kansas City.

-His first career home run was a three-run shot off of the Tigers' Mickey Lolich on April 30, 1964, part of a career-best 4-RBI game. He owned Lolich throughout his career, hitting 15-for-28 (.536) with a triple and two home runs (the only pitcher he took deep twice).

-Was a Rule V draftee twice in his career: the Mets claimed him from the Athletics in 1966, and then the A's claimed him back two years later.

-Despite a strong minor league track record (he hit over .300 eight times - min. 200 AB), he never hit enough to stick in the majors. His career-best performance was in 1969, when he hit .257/.343/.308 and played 89 games in the outfield (mostly in left).

-Twice notched four hits in a game: Sept. 2, 1965 and Aug. 26, 1969.

-His major league career ended after a swing through Milwaukee in 1972, but the career .226 hitter continued to play well at AAA for the Brewers until 1978.

-His cousin, Floyd Robinson, hit .283 as an outfielder (primarily with the White Sox) in the 1960s.

-Had a 198-221 record as a minor league manager in the Oakland organization, 1986-1988.

-Coached at the major league level for the A's (1989-1995) and Cardinals (1996).
#333 Tommie Reynolds (back)


  1. The cartoon on the back of those 8 & 9 year old cousins shaking hands really cracks me up.

  2. That is pretty funny...especially since the kid on the left (Robinson?) is looking forward and the one on the right is looking to his left.