September 9 – Happy Birthday Jerry Mumphrey

Jerry Mumphrey was a speedy, singles-hitting outfielder with the Cardinals during the first six years of his big league career. He got traded to San Diego in 1980 and had his best big league season for Manager Jerry Coleman’s Padres, hitting .298 and stealing 52 bases for a team that led the NL in thefts that season. George Steinbrenner had become convinced that his Yankee team needed to employ more of a small-ball strategy so his front office engineered a six-player swap that exchanged New York’s 1980 starting center-fielder, Ruppert Jones for Mumphrey. Mumphrey hit .307 for the Yankees in the strike shortened season of 1981 but played poorly in the postseason. In fact, his failure to hit got him benched for the fourth game of that year’s Fall Classic with the Yankees holding a two games to one lead over LA. With New York leading by three runs, Manager Bob Lemon had the opportunity to insert Jerry Mumphrey in center when Bobby Brown pinch ran for Oscar Gamble late in the game. Instead, Lemon put Brown out there and he misplayed a ball that led to three Dodger runs and an eventual Yankee defeat that changed the momentum of the Series to the Dodgers’ favor. Jerry had his best season in pinstripes in 1982, leading the team with a .300 batting average and driving in what was then his career high of 68 runs. But when he slumped at the plate during the first half of 1983, the Yankees sent him to Houston for the Astros’ center fielder, Omar Moreno. Mumphrey finished his fifteen year big league career with two good years in Houston and three more with the Cubs.

This former Yankee pitcher , this one-time Yankee manager and this one-time New York outfielder share Mumphrey’s September 9th birthday.

Year Tm G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
1981 NYY 80 350 319 44 98 11 5 6 32 14 9 24 27 .307 .354 .429 .783
1982 NYY 123 533 477 76 143 24 10 9 68 11 3 50 66 .300 .364 .449 .813
1983 NYY 83 302 267 41 70 11 4 7 36 2 3 28 33 .262 .327 .412 .739
15 Yrs 1585 5545 4993 660 1442 217 55 70 575 174 80 478 688 .289 .349 .396 .745
STL (6 yrs) 522 1739 1571 222 434 60 22 8 134 66 42 144 205 .276 .336 .358 .694
CHC (3 yrs) 292 758 684 81 206 32 4 18 85 3 4 68 108 .301 .362 .439 .801
NYY (3 yrs) 286 1185 1063 161 311 46 19 22 136 27 15 102 126 .293 .351 .434 .785
HOU (3 yrs) 325 1241 1111 135 323 55 7 18 161 26 14 115 159 .291 .354 .401 .755
SDP (1 yr) 160 622 564 61 168 24 3 4 59 52 5 49 90 .298 .352 .372 .724
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 9/17/2013.

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