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Roger Henry Metzger

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Roger Metzger, who played 11 seasons in the majors, was a defensive star who won the National League Gold Glove at shortstop in 1973. As a hitter, he led the National League in triples in 1971 and 1973.

Metzger was born in Fredericksburg, TX, north of San Antonio. He attended high school in San Antonio and went to college in Austin, TX, where he majored in mathematics. The Chicago Cubs made him their first round draft pick in 1969; he was the second shortstop picked in the draft, after Alan Bannister.

He is listed as 6 ' 0 " tall but only 165 lbs.

The Cubs put Roger at Tacoma for 1969-70, and brought him up for one game in 1970. After the 1970 season, he was traded to the Houston Astros for Hector Torres, who had been the Astros' regular shortstop during the 1968 season.

Roger played for Houston from 1971 through part of the 1978 season. He rarely played any position other than shorstop during that period, and was often a workhorse, typically appearing in 140+ games in a season.

In 1972 his 23 stolen bases were good for ninth in the league.

In the middle of the 1978 season, the 1978 Giants bought him. The rest of the Giants' infield was composed of big stars - Willie McCovey, Bill Madlock and Darrell Evans, and the team won 89 games that year.

He stayed with the Giants through 1980.

In 1980, Roger attempted to make a comeback after losing four fingers in an accident with a chainsaw during the offseason. However, he only hit .074 and was released by the San Francisco Giants in August.

After baseball, he taught mathematics at Brenham High School and as of 2005 was the job procurement officer at the Brenham State School. Source: Alumni Spotlight.

He was inducted in the Texas Baseball Hall of Fame in 1996.

[edit] Notable Achievements

  • NL Gold Glove Winner (1973)
  • 2-time NL Triples Leader (1971 & 1973)

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