Wednesday, April 16, 2008

#38 Jim King

This is the first of nine cards that I recently received from reader Ed. Jim King was actually one of the original new Washington Senators...that is to say, when DC received a new expansion team before the 1961 season, they drafted him from the Cleveland Indians. King is shown here taking a mighty cut, which was his calling card as a player. He had his best seasons in Washington, clubbing a personal-best 24 home runs in 1963 and following up with another 18 in 1964. For his career, he reached double digits in roundtrippers eight times. Though he didn't hit for average (.240 career), his penchant for extra base hits and his good batting eye (363 walks and 401 strikeouts) made him a valuable contributor: his career OPS+ was 104, placing him just above the league average. In 1967, which proved to be his final season in the bigs, he was traded from the White Sox to the Indians for another slugger at the end of the line: outfielder Rocky Colavito.

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