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From BR Bullpen
Donald Lee Demeter
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 4", Weight 190 lb.
 Biographical Information
Tall, lanky Don Demeter was an outfielder with an 11-year major league career who hit 20 home runs four times. He also played over 100 games at third base and at first base.
His best year came with the Philadelphia Phillies in 1962, when he was in the top ten in the league in batting average, slugging percentage, home runs, and RBI. He led the league in sacrifice flies, and was second in the league in hit-by-pitch.
He was the main target in the Detroit Tigers' trade of future Hall of Famer Jim Bunning to the Phillies after the 1963 season. The development of young outfielders such as Willie Horton, Gates Brown and Jim Northrup, alongside the great Al Kaline, left no room in the Tiger outfield for him (and he failed as yet another of GM Jim Campbell's endless possibilities to oust Norm Cash from first base). Demeter was thus traded by Detroit to the Boston Red Sox for a different righthanded pitcher, Earl Wilson, on June 14, 1966.
He is the answer to this trivia question: Who replaced the great Duke Snider in center field for the Dodgers?
Demeter's son, Todd Demeter, was a minor league 1B/OF.
Don Demeter is currently a pastor in Oklahoma City, OK.
 Notable Achievements
- 20-Home Run Seasons: 4 (1961-1964)
- 100 RBI Seasons: 1 (1962)
- Won a World Series with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1959
 Related Sites
SABR has a biography of Don Demeter.