Friday, February 20, 2015

MISSING IN ACTION- 1978 KEN McMULLEN

Today we complete the "baseball card career" of former third baseman Ken McMullen with a "missing" 1978 Topps card:


McMullen wrapped up a nice 16-year Major League career in 1977, appearing in 63 games, good for 151 plate appearances for the Milwaukee Brewers, hitting .228 with five homers and 19 R.B.I.'s.
It was the only year for him in Milwaukee after two stints of three years with the Los Angeles Dodgers, five-plus years with the Washington Senators, three years with the California Angels and a season with the Oakland A's.
McMullen was a solid player who finished his career with a .248 lifetime average, 156 home runs, 606 runs batted in and 568 runs scored over 1583 games with 5131 at-bats.
The most success he had were his years in Washington, which saw him as their full-time third baseman between 1965-1970.
The 1969 season was arguably his best year as he hit .272 with 19 homers and 87 R.B.I.'s along with 83 runs scored and 25 doubles.
One last tidbit: he hit a pinch-hit home run in his last Major League at-bat.
Not a bad way to go out!

2 comments:

  1. Nice edition to this set. McMullen must be tired after all his years of big league service with his apparent yawn. I noticed the black band on his arm. I'm guessing that it must be a tribute to teammate Danny Frisella who died during the previous offseason in a dune buggy accident.

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  2. I met Ken during his season in Milwaukee. I was a 12 year old kid hanging around County Stadium collecting autographs and we became friends and have remained so ever since! Not only a good player but a great guy also.

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