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George Arthur Foster
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 1½", Weight 185 lb.
- School El Camino College
- Debut September 10, 1969
- Final Game September 6, 1986
- Born December 1, 1948 in Tuscaloosa, AL USA
 Biographical Information
"I don't know why people like the home run so much . . . The triple is the most exciting play of the game. A triple is like meeting a woman who excites you, spending the evening talking and getting more excited, then taking her home . . . You're never sure how it's going to turn out." - George Foster, in a year when he hit 7 triples
George Foster was a major star for 18 years, hitting 348 home runs and winning the 1977 MVP award. He was the only major leaguer to hit 50+ home runs in a single season during the period from 1966 to 1989.
He originally came up with the San Francisco Giants but saw little playing time in the outfield behind Willie Mays, Bobby Bonds and Ken Henderson. During the 1971 season, he was traded to the Cincinnati Reds for the forgettable duo of infielder Frank Duffy and pitcher Vern Geishert. Duffy played 21 games for the Giants; Geishert never pitched in the majors again. Foster played sparingly his first several years in Cincinnati but emerged as a key member of the Big Red Machine that was so successful in the 1970s. He stayed with the Reds for over a decade, and then played most of the rest of his career with the New York Mets.
 Notable Achievements
- 5-time NL All-Star (1976-1979 & 1981)
- NL MVP: 1977
- 1976 All-Star Game MVP
- NL Silver Slugger Award Winner (1981)
- NL Slugging Percentage Leader (1977)
- NL OPS Leader (1977)
- NL Runs Scored Leader (1977)
- NL Total Bases Leader (1977)
- 2-time NL Home Runs Leader (1977 & 1978)
- 3-time NL RBI Leader (1976, 1977 & 1978)
- 20-Home Run Seasons: 10 (1975-1981 & 1983-1985)
- 30-Home Run Seasons: 3 (1977, 1978 & 1979)
- 40-Home Run Seasons: 2 (1977 & 1978)
- 50-Home Run Seasons: 1 (1977)
- 100 RBI Seasons: 3 (1976, 1977 & 1978)
- 100 Runs Scored Seasons: 1 (1977)
- Won two World Series with the Cincinnati Reds (1975 & 1976)
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