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Norman Leroy Siebern

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Norm Siebern had a twelve-year career in the majors with six teams, hitting .272 with 132 home runs. He was a three-time All-Star and also won a Gold Glove.

Siebern was born in St. Louis, Missouri, signed with the New York Yankees in 1951, and made it to the majors before he was 23 years old. In 1956, he won the first James P. Dawson Memorial Award, an award given to the top rookie in the Yankees' training camp, but suffered a knee injury just before the beginning of the regular season that caused him to miss much of the season.[1] He did go on to play 54 games with the Yankees that year, and appeared in one game in the 1956 World Series, which the Yankees won.

The next year, he starred in the minor leagues with the Denver Bears and was chosen by the Sporting News as their Minor League Player of the Year.

He was a regular in the majors from 1958 to 1966. In his first full season with the Yankees, in 1958, he hit .300 with a .388 on-base percentage. He got one hit in the 1958 World Series, off Lew Burdette.

After the 1959 season, Siebern was traded to the Kansas City Athletics along with Hank Bauer, Don Larsen, and Marv Throneberry in the trade that brought Roger Maris to the Yankees.

Siebern spent four seasons with the A's, hitting a peak in 1962 with numbers of .308/.412/.495 and 117 RBI. He led the American League in Runs Created. It was quite a performance considering that the team lost 90 games, and had no players other than Siebern that drove in or scored 100+ runs. The batters whom Siebern probably drove in the most were Jerry Lumpe who hit .301, and Ed Charles who hit .288.

After the 1963 season, he was traded to the Baltimore Orioles for Jim Gentile. In 1964, his average dipped to .245, but he had 106 walks and thus still was able to score 92 runs, which was second on the team behind Luis Aparicio's 93 runs scored. Brooks Robinson was the big RBI man on the team.

In 1966, he was on the California Angels, and although he hit .247, he drew enough walks that he was close to leading the team in OBP.

He finished out his career in 1967 and 1968 with the San Francisco Giants and the Boston Red Sox, as a teammate of first Willie Mays and then Carl Yastrzemski. He appeared in the 1967 World Series with Boston, getting one hit in three at-bats. His hit was off Bob Gibson.

Based on the similarity scores method, one of the most similar players to Siebern is his contemporary Bob Skinner.

He played basketball at Southwest Missouri State University in 1952 and 1953.

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  1. Drebinger, J: "13 Yank Rookies in Award Running", New York Times, March 2, 1958, p.S1

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