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Kenneth Lee Hamlin

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Ken Hamlin signed as an amateur free agent with the Pittsburgh Pirates on June 3, 1957. The 22-year-old shortstop would spend his first season with the class A Lincoln Chiefs of the Western League, appearing in 84 games and hitting .254.

Hamlin was to be a slick-fielding middle infielder with a strong throwing arm and good range who would hit .241 in seven seasons between 1957 and 1966. A Detroit native, Ken attended Western Michigan College, where he earned second team honors when his team was beaten in the final round of the 1957 NCAA tournament.

Hamlin debuted in the majors with the Pirates in 1957 and was back in the Show in '59. He was traded to the Kansas City Athletics and was the everyday shortstop for the 1960 Athletics. However on December 14, 1960 he was drafted by the Los Angeles Angels from the Athletics in the 1960 expansion draft. Shortly thereafter (June 21, 1961) the Angels traded Ken along with Russ Heman to the Toronto Maple Leafs of the IL for Billy Moran. After 97 games with Toronto, where he hit .267, he was drafted by the Washington Senators on November 27, 1961 in the 1961 Rule V Draft.

Ken would spend 1963-64 in the IL before returning to the Washington Senators in 1965-66, hitting a career high .273 for the 1965 Senators. Hamlin would spend 7 years in major league baseball (1957-66), ending his career in 1966 after appearing in 468 major league contests, hitting at a .241 clip and fielding the shortstop position with a .963 percentage.

Lifetime in the minors, Ken appeared in 658 games, picked up 597 base hits in 2,371 at-bats, including 36 home runs, for a career .252 batting average. He carried a .967 fielding percentage at the shortstop position.

Ken has been retired since the late 1980s, after operating the Tall Timbers Youth Boys Camp for 20 years and teaching and coaching high school baseball in Battle Creek, MI.

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