Jerry Lumpe thanks his lucky stars that he wasn't Rusty Kuntz or Mickey Klutts.
Fun facts about Jerry Lumpe:
-Born in Lincoln, MO, Jerry signed with the Yankees in 1951.
-He spent five years in the minors before appearing in 20 games for New York at age 23 in 1956.
-After three-plus seasons as a backup infielder for the Yanks, Jerry was traded in May 1959 to the Athletics.
-Lumpe starred as Kansas City's everyday second baseman, batting .271 or better in each of his four full seasons with the club.
-He peaked with a .301 average, a team-best 34 doubles, 10 triples, 10 home runs, and 83 RBI in 1962. He also pieced together a 20-game hit streak that year.
-On August 20, 1963, his two-run homer off of Washington's Don Rudolph gave the A's a walkoff 7-5 win in 14 innings. On the day he went 4-for-6 with a walk.
-He was an All-Star for the first and only time in 1964, the first year following his trade to the Tigers. However, he was already in decline, hitting .256 with reduced power.
-Detroit released Jerry in October 1967, ending his 12-year career. Overall he hit .268 with 47 home runs and 454 RBI, and played solid defense at second base.
-He hit three home runs off of Hall of Famer Jim Bunning. The only pitcher that Lumpe took deep more often was Ralph Terry (four HR), a man he was once traded for.
-In 1971, Lumpe was a member of the A's coaching staff.