Wednesday, January 30, 2013

#161 Dave Kingman - Super Veteran

Then and Now:  In '71 Kingman was coming off a partial minor league season in which he hit 26 HR in 392 at bats.  He added six more in two months with the Giants.  A short time after the pic on the right was taken Kingman hit his 300 home run off Rich Gale on 4/30/82.

Career Span: 7/30/71 - 10/5/86.  As a rookie he played with WIllie Mays.  In 1986 he played with Jose Canseco and Mark McGwire.

All Star: Three time NL All-Star in '76, '79, and '80.  Hitless in three at bats.

League Leaders:  Led the NL in HR in '79 and '82, slugging percentage in '79, and strikeouts in '79, '81, and '82.

Gold Glove / Silver Slugger:  Nope

All Time:  As of 4/22/12 Kingman ranks 38th with 442 career home runs.

Post Season:  Kingman's only postseason action came as a rookie in the '71 NLCS against the Pirates.  He had one hit in ten at bats in a losing effort. 

MVP:  Finished as high as 11th in 1979.  Also received votes in '84, '77, '76, and '72.

Hall of Fame:  Received 0.7% of the vote in '92 and was removed from the ballot. 

Comeback Player of the Year in 1984

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