Monday, August 21, 2017

NOT REALLY MISSING IN ACTION- 1971 MIKE DERRICK

Here’s a 1971 card for Mike Derrick, whose career entailed two dozen games during the 1970 season for the Boston Red Sox:


Derrick, who toiled in the Minor Leagues since 1962 when he was playing in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization, finally made it to the big show in 1970, batting .212 with seven hits over 33 at-bats while playing Left Field and First Base.
Sadly for him however he’d be back in the Minors the following season and stay there until he left pro ball for good after the 1972 campaign playing for Tacoma in the Twins organization.
He did have some solid years in the Minors, including what is easily his best in 1965 when he clubbed 28 homers and drove in 103 runs for Kinston in the Carolina League.
Over 11 years in Minor League play he hit .276 with 131 home runs and 663 runs batted in, collecting 1057 hits over 3836 at-bats.

2 comments:

  1. I knew Mike and his family. Wonderful people. He started 3 games for the Red Sox 1 at first base vs Wash 2 in left vs Chic, Yaz played center in those 2 games against the White Sox. Mike batted 5 for 12 in the 3 games he started. He was a better football player, Was at the University of South Carolina his room mate was Dan Reeves when the Pirates made him an offer. He also gave Gene Michael his nick name of stick when they played at Kinston.

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