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This post details former Negro League catchers who have not been inducted in the Hall of Fame.

Ted Radcliffe earned the nickname “Double Duty” for his unique ability to start both games of a doubleheader: one as a pitcher and the other as a catcher.  With a rather squatty build, Radcliffe was remindful of Roy Campanella behind the dish even though Double Duty’s career ended before Campy made the Majors.  Radcliffe was a journeyman catcher who also pitched.  He spent the bulk of his career with the Chicago American Giants and Birmingham Black Barons around World War II.  Although there were many nomadic players in Negro League history, Double Duty seems to be the most footloose of the lot.  There were seasons in which he would play for multiple teams (he played with four teams in 1933) but he was considered a star in black baseball.  Radcliffe was named to six All-Star Games during his career.

The Cuban born Jose Fernandez was too dark-skinned to follow fellow countryman Dolf Luque to the Majors so he caught on in the Negro Leagues and enjoyed a lengthy career.  He was the longtime catcher of the Cuban Stars and later managed for many years with the New York Cubans.  A modest hitter, Fernandez was highly regarded for his ability to handle pitchers–a trait that served him well in later years as a skipper.  He would manage the New York Cubans to a Black World Series title in 1947 at the time many Negro League stars were signing with Major League clubs.

Joe Greene was a big receiver from Georgia who could hit for power and was noted for a strong throwing arm.  He caught for the Kansas City Monarchs around World War II but the backstop left the game to join the military.  Greene was as deep in combat as any man in sports.  He served in the European Theatre and entered Milan after the murder of Benito Mussolini and his mistress.  He returned to the Monarchs after the war and helped them make the World Series.  At the end of his career he joined integrated ball and played a season in the low-level Mandak League when he was pushing his fortieth birthday.

Widely regarded as the top catcher in black baseball during the Deadball Era, Petway was an exceptional defender with a terrific throwing arm.  He could be likened to the Major League’s Jimmy Archer, who also was highly regarded for his arm and possessed modest offensive skills.  Petway was maddeningly unreliable offensively however.  He could hit .300 one season and then fall off to .180 the next, but even with his inconsistent stickwork, he was a valuable source given his amazing catch-and-throw skills.  He spent the bulk of his career with the Chicago American Giants where he played under Hall of Famer Rube Foster.

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Like Joe Greene, Quincy Trouppe was a big-bodied catcher from Georgia.  Trouppe was noted as a terrific power-hitting catcher who could draw walks, much in the vein of Major Leaguer Stan Lopata.  A solid if not spectacular defender, Trouppe made his rounds in the Negro Leagues, never staying in one place for too long a time.  The switch-hitting receiver spent a good deal of his career playing south of the border in Mexico during the war years.  He was a member of the Cleveland Buckeyes team in 1945 after returning from Mexico and led the team to a World Series title.  Quincy had a brief trial in the Majors with the 1952 Indians.

Wabishaw Wiley, who was nicknamed “Doc” on account of his dental practice, was the personal caddy for Hall of Famer Smokey Joe Williams during the Deadball Era.  A half-Indian from Oklahoma, Wiley was a solid defender who was good enough with the bat to hit in the heart of the order.  He left baseball during World War I to join the Army Dental Corps but after the war he returned to baseball.  However, Wiley spent more time working at his dental office in East Orange, New Jersey and gave up baseball in 1924. 

Iron Man Larry Brown was one of the best catchers in the Negro Leagues during the Lively Ball Era.  With a short, squatty build, Brown made an ideal target for pitchers.  He was widely regarded as the top defender in black baseball in the years after the Deadball Era.  Larry nullified the running game with his cannon-like arm and was noted to have such a feel for where popups would drop that he never removed his mask when catching them.  Although he played in the Lively Ball Era, Brown was not noted for his hitting and is credited with a lifetime .259 career average in black baseball.  There were rumors that several white baseball players who played against Brown tried to get the light-skinned catcher to join the Major League ranks.  To accomplish this he would have had to pass himself off as Cuban, but Larry refused.

Chappie Johnson got his start in black baseball in the 1890s.  A smart, durable receiver, Chappie caught the legendary Rube Foster during his career.  If one were to compare Johnson with a Major League peer, the best comparison would probably be White Sox catcher Billy Sullivan Sr.  Both men were astute handlers of pitchers but weak hitters who batted at the back-end of the lineup.  Despite his less than stellar batting skills, Chappie was highly regarded as a teacher of baseball fundamentals and spent many years coaching and managing at various levels after his playing days.

Satchel Paige once said that Bill Perkins was his favorite catcher to throw to.  A chunky receiver with a keen sense of humor, Bill is credited with wearing a chest protector with the phrase “Thou Shalt Not Steal” written across it.  Although he had a good arm, Perkins was known as a very slow receiver, much in the vein of Hall of Famer Ernie Lombardi, who, like Lombardi, was a capable hitter for both average and power.  He was once blocked by the great Josh Gibson but his owner was too persnickety to deal him so he kept Bill on the roster as a reserve and part-time outfielder.  Perkins got away from Josh when he jumped the club.

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This is a list of former catchers who all played at least ten seasons in the Majors and thus are eligible for Hall of Fame consideration.  They are listed in order of career batting average–top to bottom.

Bubbles Hargrave (.310), Babe Phelps (.310), Earl Smith (.303), Mike Grady (.296), Shanty Hogan (.295), Brian Harper (.295), Butch Henline (.291), Billy Sullivan Jr. (.289), Don Padgett (.288), Harry Danning (.285), Don Slaught (.283), Frankie Pytlak (.282), Johnny Gooch (.280), Al Todd (.276), Heinie Peitz (.274), Ed McFarland (.273), Eddie Taubensee (.273), Ossee Schreckengost (.272), Tim McCarver (.271), Mike Stanley (.270), Earl Battey (.270), Hank Gowdy (.270), Glenn Myatt (.270)

Darrin Fletcher (.269), Clint Courtney (.268), Russ Nixon (.268), Mike Lavalliere (.268), Joe Girardi (.267), Geno Petralli (.267), Ron Hassey (.266), Gus Mancuso (.265), Frank Snyder (.265), Phil Masi (.264), Pop Schriver (.264), Milt May (.263), Brent Mayne (.263), Rollie Hemsley (.262), Sammy White (.262), Chris Hoiles (.262), Larry McLean (.262), John Wathan (.262), Charlie Moore (.261), Buddy Rosar (.261), Zack Taylor (.261), Art Wilson (.261), Ivy Wingo (.260), Boileryard Clarke (.260), John Stearns (.260)

Frankie Hayes (.259), Mike Scioscia (.259), Cy Perkins (.259), Val Picinich (.258), Tom Haller (.257), Joe Sugden (.257), Dave Rader (.257), Walter Schmidt (.257), Rough Carrigan (.257), Ed Bailey (.256), Ray Fosse (.256), Junior Ortiz (.256), Butch Wynegar (.255), Mickey Owen (.255), Frank Bowerman (.255), Bo Diaz (.255), Johnny Romano (.255), Ken O’Dea (.255), Matt Nokes (.254), Stan Lopata (.254), Tom Pagnozzi (.253), Mike Gonzalez (.253), Jerry Grote (.252), Mike Heath (.252), Mike Macfarlane (.252), Rich Gedman (.252), Clyde McCullough (.252), Ray Mueller (.252), Jose Azcue (.252), Jim Pagliaroni (.252), Jeff Reed (.250), Jimmy Archer (.250)

Johnny Roseboro (.249), Ernie Whitt (.249), Jack Warner (.249), Mike Tresh (.249), Alex Trevino (.249), Darrell Porter (.247), Joe Oliver (.247), Kirt Manwaring (.246), Gene Oliver (.246), Alan Ashby (.245), Rick Cerone (.245), Darren Daulton (.245), Jody Davis (.245), Otto Miller (.245), Scott Servias (.245), Gus Triandos (.244), Jim Essian (.244), Andy Seminick (.243), Ozzie Virgil (.243), Johnny Edwards (.242), Bruce Benedict (.242), Jake Early (.241), Red Dooin (.240), Joe Ferguson (.240), Ed Herrmann (.240), Jamie Quirk (.240), Damon Berryhill (.240), Ron Hodges (.240)

Duke Sims (.239), Ed Kirkpatrick (.238), Bill Killefer (.238), Del Rice (.237), Bill Rariden (.237), Dave Valle (.237), Chad Kreuter (.237), George Gibson (.236), Randy Hundley (.236), Pat Moran (.235), Andy Etchebarren (.235), Mike Fitzgerald (.235), Todd Hundley (.234), Oscar Stanage (.234), Fred Kendall (.234), Jerry May (.234), Rick Dempsey (.233), Clay Dalrymple (.233), Eddie Ainsmith (.232), Bob Swift (.231), John Bateman (.230)

Jim Hegan (.228), Steve Yeager (.228), Paulino Casanova (.225), Buck Martinez (.225), Tom Satriano (.225), JC Martin (.222), Lou Criger (.221), Ron Karkovice (.221), Charlie O’Brien (.221), Malachi Kittredge (.220), Wes Westrum (.217), Phil Roof (.215), Dave Duncan (.214), Billy Sullivan Sr. (.212) and Bill Bergen (.170)

Son of former Major Leaguer Bob Kennedy, Terry was a first round pick who became one of the top catchers of the 1980s.  A four-time All-Star, Terry was perhaps the best portside-swinging receiver in the Majors during his career.  He was often in the shadows of Fisk and Carter but was nevertheless a terrific catcher.  He would lead catchers in most baserunners thrown out trying to steal in two seasons and participated in two World Series.

Kennedy was drafted in the first round out of Florida State by the Cardinals in 1977 and was fast-tracked to the Majors.  Terry joined the Redbirds for a cup of coffee late in the 1978 season for his first taste of Major League action.  He was regarded as a possible successor to the great Ted Simmons, who Terry had to backup in 1979.  His playing time increased in 1980, not because he took playing time away from Simmons but because he was tried out in left field on the days he didn’t spell Simba behind the dish.  With Simmons firmly entrenched behind home plate, the Cardinals dealt Terry with a bundle of other youngsters for aging veterans Rollie Fingers and Gene Tenace–stars of the old Oakland dynasty.

The trade to the Padres allowed Kennedy to catch everyday and in 1981 he led catchers in gunning down 48 would-be basestealers in the strike shortened season.  But his breakout year was right around the corner.  Prior to 1982, Terry’s highest single season output in homeruns was just four, however, in ’82, he clobbered 21 long balls and drove in 97 runs.  Terry was one of the top run-producing catchers in the game in the early 1980s.  That ’82 season was Kennedy at his best.  He set personal highs in runs scored, base hits, doubles (his 42 two-baggers were good for 2nd in the NL), homers, slugging average and total bases.  For his exceptional work, he received a few MVP votes.

Almost as good in 1983, Terry drove in a personal best 98 runs that season while drilling 17 homeruns.  Named to the NL All-Star Team, Terry won the Silver Slugger Award for catchers that season.  The Padres, who had been nothing short of a laughing-stock throughout their existence, became a team to be reckoned with in the mid 1980s.  They captured the NL flag in 1984 and Terry clobbered a World Series homerun against Detroit, but in a losing cause.  After falling short on a championship, Kennedy had another fine season in ’85 when he made another All-Star Team and drove in 74 runs for the Padres.

In 1986, Terry socked a dozen homeruns and posted a .990 fielding percentage behind the dish.  But San Diego had an exciting young catcher named Benito Santiago on the rise and they felt comfortable in dealing Terry to the Orioles for pitcher Storm Davis.  With Baltimore in ’87, Terry clubbed 18 homeruns and posted his sixth straight season with at least 140 games played.  Defensively, the All-Star led AL catchers in baserunners thrown out attempting to steal.  But after an injury-plagued season in 1988 the Orioles sent him to the Giants for Bob Melvin in a deal of backstops.

The trade worked well for San Francisco.  Kennedy was their primary catcher and he helped them reach the World Series.  He drove in a pair of runs in a Fall Classic loss to the Athletics.  By this time, after his painful ’88 season, Kennedy had lost his power stroke.  The man who once put together six straight seasons of double-digit homerun totals could only manage two round-trippers in 1990.  He spent one final year in the Majors, splitting time behind home plate with youngsters Kirt Manwaring and Steve Decker.

THE NUMBERS

G 1,491/R 474/H 1,313/2B 244/3B 12/HR 113/RBI 628/SB 6/BB 365/SO 855/BA .264/OBP .314/SO .386

Since the Gold Glove Award was adopted only three catchers have won more than Sundberg: Hall of Famer Johnny Bench, future Hall of Famer Ivan Rodriguez and former All-Star Bob Boone.  A former first round pick, Sundberg is one of the best defensive catchers in the game’s rich history.  Jim ranks 13th all-time in career putouts among catchers, 30th all-time in would-be basestealers gunned down and 30th in fielding percentage behind the dish.  Runners rarely tested Sunny’s arm–he erased 41% of daring base runners over the course of his career.

Sundberg was the second pick in the 1973 draft by the Texas Rangers out of the University of Iowa.  The Midwestern backstop didn’t spend too many hours on the farm.  Texas called him up in 1974 and made him their everyday catcher that season.  As a rookie, Jim made the All-Star team and had a solid .354 on-base percentage.  Although Jim never was an elite offensive player, he was a polished backstop from day one.  In his sophomore season he gunned down 46% of would-be basestealers and led catchers in both putouts and assists.  Sundberg would lead backstops in both putouts and assists every year with the exception of 1979 when he finished third in assists.

Beginning in 1976, Jim began a four-year string of leading catchers in fielding percentage.  Couple that with his league-leading chain of putouts and assists, and Sundberg was the best defensive backstop in the business.  Sunny’s bat started to come around in 1977 when he set a personal high in batting average with a .291 mark.  That season he also set his career high in RBI and runs scored while earning the second of what would be six straight Gold Glove Awards.  He made a return trip to the All-Star Game in 1978 and by 1979 he had become a reliable .270 hitter.  From 1978 to 1981, Jim hit in the .270s each season.

In 1980 Jim started showing off some power as he reached double-digits in homeruns for the first time that season.  But the newfound brawny blasting didn’t come at the expense of his catching–he gunned down 48% of would-be basestealers in 1981.  Jim reached ten homeruns in 1982 before his offensive skills eroded in ’83.  In his tenth season with the Rangers, Jim hit just .201 and Texas shopped him after the season.  He was traded to the Brewers for Ned Yost and promptly got back on track with an All-Star season in Milwaukee.  But a four-team trade after the season would allow Jim to make his only postseason appearance as he was sent to the Kansas City Royals.

With the Brewers in ’84 he led the American League with a 50% success rate of erasing thieves, but with Kansas City Jim would get a look at World Series duty.  He socked ten homers for the Royals during the regular season and added another in a rousing ALCS triumph over the Blue Jays.  Sunny drove in six runs against Toronto and helped Kansas City upset the Jays.  In the World Series Jim posted a .400 on-base percentage as he caught every game in the Fall Classic defeat of the St. Louis Cardinals.  But his career was nearing the end of the line.  In ’86 he enjoyed his last good season by setting a personal high with a dozen dingers.  Traded to the Cubs for Thad Bosley and Dave Gumpert, Jim was never again a regular catcher.  He ended his career back in Texas in 1989 as a backup catcher.

THE NUMBERS

G 1,962/R 621/H 1,493/2B 243/3B 36/HR 95/RBI 624/SB 20/BB 699/SO 963/BA .248/OBP .327/SA .348

Brother of Hall of Fame shortstop Joe Sewell, Luke was a catcher in the American League throughout the Lively Ball Era.  He spent the bulk of his career with the Indians but made his only All-Star team with the White Sox.  Sewell would have appeared in more All-Star Games had the Midsummer Classic been adopted before he was passed his prime.  Never much of an offensive force, even in the rock ’em sock ’em times he played, Luke was noted for his defense and leadership skills.  His leadership skills served him well after his playing days when he was named manager of the St. Louis Browns.  Luke will always been fondly remembered by old Browns fans as the manager who won their only AL flag.

The Sewell Brothers grew up in Titus, Alabama and Luke ventured off to the University of Alabama where he matriculated and played baseball.  The Indians signed both Luke and brother Joe and debuted Joe in 1920 after star shortstop Ray Chapman was killed by a Carl Mays high hard-one.  Luke would follow Joe to Cleveland in 1921, the year after the Indians captured the World Series.  Luke was only used sparingly by Cleveland during the years of his early twenties.  In 1924 Cleveland skipper Tris Speaker began to platoon Luke with Glenn Myatt and Sewell hit .292 in part-time action.  He shared the catching duties again in 1925 but the following year he was named the regular receiver.

Although Luke only hit .238 in the high average 1926 season, he stood out for his work behind the dish.  He gunned down 47% of would-be basestealers, led catchers in assists and finished second in fielding percentage.  Sewell would lead catchers in assists three straight years and from 1927 to 1929 he topped AL backstops in runners gunned down attempting to steal.  He enjoyed his breakout year in 1927 when he set a personal high with a .294 batting average.  Although it was his seventh season in the Majors, and the Deadball Era was over, Luke had yet to hit his first homerun.  But his game revolved around his catch and throw skills and not brawny blasting.  In ’27, Luke gunned down 51% of would-be basestealers.

Sewell’s batting average fell back down to his usual standards but in 1928 he finally lofted his first ball over the fence.  But his offense became more and more a liability in the late 1920s and 1930.  When he failed to reach even a .300 on-base percentage–most players reached this mark in their sleep during this period–Luke began to lose playing time.  From 1930 to 1932, he failed to play in over 110 games in any of the three seasons.  Out of favor in Cleveland, Luke was dealt to the Senators for Roy Spencer.  The trade enabled Luke to make his only World Series appearance.  Washington inserted Sewell into their everyday lineup and he guided Senators pitchers to the Fall Classic.  Luke erased 48% of would-be basestealers that season but the Senators fell to the Giants in the Fall Classic.

After a down year in 1934 Luke was traded to the Browns for pitcher Bump Hadley but he didn’t play for St. Louis in 1935, rather, he was sold to the White Sox before the season began.  Although he was a grizzled veteran at this time, Sewell would have some of his best years with the Pale Hose.  He set a personal high in RBI in 1935 which he topped the following year when he chased 73 men across the dish.  Never a homerun threat, Luke hit five dingers that year which was his best single season output of his career.  He made the All-Star team in 1937 as the Midsummer Classic was in its infancy during this time.  But Luke was near the end.  He played briefly with the Indians in 1939 before he accepted the manager’s post of the Browns in 1941.  He managed the Browns throughout the war years and he later managed the second division Reds in the early 1950s.

THE NUMBERS

G 1,630/R 653/H 1,393/2B 272/3B 56/HR 20/RBI 696/SB 66/BB 486/SO 307/BA .259/OBP .323/SA .341

Born Fiore Gino Tennaci, the catcher anglicized his name at an early age and played baseball under the handle of Gene Tenace.  A fine power-hitting receiver, Gene was a member of the Oakland Athletics dynasty that would win three straight World Series from 1972 to 1974.  The slugging catcher won the World Series MVP Award in ’72 when he clubbed four homeruns and drove in nine men.  Although Tenace never hit for a lofty batting average, he possessed an exceptional batting eye which gave him astounding on-base percentages.  His batting average usually hovered around .240-.245 but his on-base percentage was often above that of the typical .300 hitter.

Tenace was drafted by the A’s while they were still stationed in Kansas City.  While he was working his way through the minors the club relocated to Oakland.  He was summoned to California for a brief trial in 1969 and 1970.  When he hit .305 with seven homers in 38 games during the 1970 season, Oakland knew they had to work Tenace into the lineup more often.  Predominately a catcher at this time, Oakland would get Gene at-bats by occasionally putting him in the outfield or at first base.  When they captured the AL flag in 1972, Gene was still a part-time player.  But he would shake that reserve label with an amazing World Series.  En route to winning the World Series MVP Award, Tenace drove in nine runs and slugged at an unearthly .913 clip.

Given his exceptional work in the Fall Classic, Oakland made Gene an everyday player in 1973.  With Ray Fosse behind the dish Oakland used Gene as their regular first baseman.  In his first season as a regular he blasted 24 homeruns and drew 101 walks.  Although he hit for a modest .259 batting average his on-base percentage was a solid .387 thanks to his remarkable batting eye.  The A’s were World Series champs again in 1973 as Gene, who had an exceptional slugging average in the ’72 Fall Classic showed an extraordinary on-base percentage in the ’73 Series.  Due to his eleven walks, Gene boasted a .467 OBP.

The eagle-eyed Athletic paced the AL with 110 walks in 1974.  Defensively, he began to work more and more behind the plate as he flip-flopped between first base and catcher.  Gene swatted 26 homeruns that year en route to another World Series championship.  The following year, 1975, he set a career high with 29 dingers and was named to the AL All-Star Team.  With 22 homeruns in ’76, Tenace had a string of four seasons with at least 20 long balls.  But in ’76 the A’s failed to make the postseason for the first time in five years and the club began to shake things up.  They let Gene walk via free agency and he signed on with the Padres.  He took his eagle-eye routine to the National League and set a career high with 125 walks–which led the league–his first year in San Diego.

Gene only hit .233 is first year with the Padres but boasted an exceptional on-base percentage of .415 courtesy his ample amount of walks.  He drew 101 walks the following year as he split time between first and catcher.  In 1979 he reached 20 homeruns again, posted his sixth season with 100 or more walks and gunned down a terrific 48% of would-be basestealers.  But in 1980, when he failed to drive in 60 runs for the first time since he was named an everyday player, the Padres traded him away.  Sent to St. Louis with Hall of Famer Rollie Fingers for Terry Kennedy and a bevy of lesser players, Gene spent two seasons as a part-time player with the Cardinals.  He was able to win his fourth and final World Series ring in 1982.  He played one final year with the Pirates in ’83 before hanging them up.

THE NUMBERS

G 1,555/R 653/H 1,060/2B 179/3B 20/HR 201/RBI 674/SB 36/BB 984/SO 998/BA .241/OBP .388.SA .429

One of the greatest power-hitting catchers of all-time, Mickey Tettleton was an unusual talent.  The switch-hitter could swat the long ball with the best of them but his batting averages never were too flattering.  But the big man from Oklahoma offset his rather low batting averages with solid on-base percentages.  It wasn’t a problem at all for Tettleton to draw 100 walks a season while also smacking 30 dingers and driving in his share of runs.  A two-time All-Star and winner of three Silver Slugger Awards, Mickey was a powerful presence in the lineup.

Drafted by the Oakland A’s in 1981, Tettleton was called up to California for the first time in ’84.  As a rookie, Mickey spelled Mike Heath behind the dish but Heath was one of two Athletics regulars who failed to post a .300 on-base percentage.  In Mickey’s 33 game trial, he posted a nice .352 OBP.  Despite the edge Mick had in on-base percentage and power, he was unable to claim the starting catching assignment in Oakland.  He reached double-digits in homeruns for the first time in 1986 but his batting average fell to .204.  When he failed to hit .200 in 1987, Oakland gave up on their switch-hitting receiver.  It was a huge mistake.

Oakland released Mickey before the 1988 season and he quickly signed on with the Orioles.  He raised his batting average to .261 his first year in Baltimore before he established himself as a power-hitting star in 1989.  Named to his first All-Star Team, Mickey blasted 26 homers–no other catcher in the Majors reached 20.  Mickey’s power numbers began to blossom but his pitch recognition abilities were heightened too.  In 1990, Mickey drew 106 walks–the first of five years he’d eclipse 100 free passes.  Although he posted a robust .376 on-base percentage in ’90, his batting average fell to .223 and Baltimore made a foolish trade with Detroit after the season.  The Birds shipped Tettleton off to Detroit for right-hander Jeff Robinson.  All Mickey did in Detroit was post three straight 30 homer seasons.

The Silver Slugger recipient for catchers his first year in Detroit, Tettleton blasted 31 homers as the Tigers regular catcher.  Matt Nokes of the Yankees was the only other catcher to hit over 20 homers in the Majors but he fell seven short of Mighty Mickey’s total.  By the early 1990s, Mickey had firmly established himself as the best power-hitting catcher in the Majors but his glove wasn’t too bad either.  In 1992, he paced American League catchers with a .996 fielding percentage.  But in the following years, Mickey’s arm would falter as his caught-stealing percentage would fall from 35% in 1992 to 20% in ’93 and just 17% in 1994.  But his bat was still booming.  In that ’92 season, Mickey paced the AL with 122 walks and established a new career high with 32 homers–he’d match that output the following season.

Tettleton had one of his better years in 1993.  He cracked the 100 RBI mark for the first time but with his catching skills slipping, skipper Sparky Anderson moved Mickey around.  From the ’93 season on, Mickey became a corner outfielder/first baseman/designated hitter and part-time catcher.  The positional carousal didn’t hinder his hitting though.  After the strike-shortened 1994 season, Mickey signed a free agent deal with the Texas Rangers and posted his fourth 30+ homerun season in five years.  Rangers skipper Johnny Oates used Mickey in much the same multi-purpose fashion Sparky employed him the year before.  Despite the change in scenery and unstable positioning, Mickey still blasted 32 homers and drew 107 walks.  The next year, as a 35-year-old veteran, Tettleton got his first and only taste of postseason action but Texas was trounced by the Yankees in the Division Series.  Mickey would retire courtesy a knee injury the following year.

THE NUMBERS

G 1,485/R 711/H 1,132/2B 210/3B 16/HR 245/RBI 732/SB 23/BB 949/SO 1,307/BA .241/OBP .369/SA .449