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Danny Anderson Cater

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[edit] Biographical Information

Danny Cater had a good batting average at a time when batting averages were at historic lows. He played for seven teams in a 12-year major league career, and is perhaps most remembered for finishing second in batting in the 1968 American League with a .290 average in a year when the league as a whole hit .230.

He was the Appalachian League's 1958 Rookie of the Year with the Johnson City Phillies. He broke into the major leagues hitting .296 with the Philadelphia Phillies in 1964, a team which almost won the National League pennant. It was the same year that Dick Allen played his first full season for the Phillies. Cater was the same age as teammate Ray Culp. He came up as a shortstop, though for almost all of his MLB career he was a corner infielder and outfielder.

He was a veteran with the Kansas City Athletics when Rick Monday and Reggie Jackson came up in 1966 and 1967.

He hit .301 with the New York Yankees in 1970, when they won 93 games but finished second behind the Baltimore Orioles.

His trade after the 1971 season to the Boston Red Sox for Sparky Lyle became one of the most-notable trades of the 1970s.

He hit .313 with the Red Sox in 1973 at age 33, the same age as teammate Carl Yastrzemski. Also on the team were Carlton Fisk, Dwight Evans, and a 35-year-old Orlando Cepeda.

[edit] Further Reading

  • Brian C. Engelhardt: "Danny Cater", in Mel Marmer and Bill Nowlin, eds.: The Year of Blue Snow: The 1964 Philadelphia Phillies, SABR, Phoenix, AZ, 2013, pp. 68-74. ISBN 978-1-933599-51-9

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