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George Arthur Foster

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"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.

Foster helps a young man with his pitching, 2011

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 at a time the Giants were churning out outfielders by the bushel-load and had no idea what to do with all of them. 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, then became a good-field no-hit shortstop for the Cleveland Indians; Geishert never pitched in the majors again. Foster played sparingly his first several years in Cincinnati but by 1975 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.

In 1989, George Foster played for the St. Lucie Legends of the Senior Professional Baseball Association. Foster played in 70 games and batted .269 with 11 home runs and 52 RBI's for the club. In 1990, he played for the St. Petersburg Pelicans of the same league; in 3 games Foster batted .273 when the league folded.

Foster was hired as a cross-checker scout for the Orix Buffaloes in 2010.

[edit] 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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