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Don Kessinger

Donald Eulon Kessinger

Positions: Shortstop and Second Baseman
Bats: Both, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 1", Weight: 170 lb.

Born: July 17, 1942 in Forrest City, AR
High School: Forest City HS (Forest City, AR)
School: University of Mississippi (Oxford, MS)
Signed
by the Chicago Cubs as an amateur free agent in 1964. (All Transactions)
Debut: September 7, 1964 (Age 22.052)   vs. MLN 2 AB, 1 H, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 0 SB
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1965 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Cubs/WhiteSox/Cardinals 1964-1979

Final Game: July 31, 1979 (Age 37.014)   vs. NYY 0 AB, 0 H, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 0 SB
Relatives: Father of Keith Kessinger
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Career Home Runs

For all seasons after 1973, the play-by-play data is complete (summary of missing data for pre-1974). For some games from 1954 to 1973, we do not have complete play-by-play.

Don Kessinger: 14 Career Home Runs

4 leading off, 0 walk-off, 2 tying, 9 go ahead
3 Tms
CHC11
CHW2
STL1
 
vs RHP10
vs LHP4
 
Away9
Home5
 
Leverage
High Lev1
Medium Lev11
Low Lev2
8 Opps
CIN4
PIT2
SFG2
SEA2
NYM1
MON1
HOU1
STL1
14 Pitchers
Howie Reed1
Don Wilson1
Tom House1
Sal Campisi1
Mike McCormick1
Jim McGlothlin1
Bob Johnson1
Floyd Bannister1
Santo Alcala1
Jim O'Toole1
Gene Garber1
Tony Cloninger1
Tom Seaver1
Juan Marichal1
9 Parks
Wrigley Fld5
Kingdome2
Crosley Fld1
Shea Stad1
Astrodome1
Parc Jarry1
Candlestick1
Forbes Fld1
Cinergy Fld1
Where Hit
Unk6
95
72
891
General field locations when available.
 
3 Inside the Park
 
Game Totals
1·HR gms14
Gms w/ this # = 0 are not shown.
 
OrderPos
1st10
9th2
2nd1
8th1
Outs
09
23
12
 
DefPos
SS14
Bases
---10
1--3
-2-1
 
18 RBI
RISP1
0 on10
1 on4
Any on4
Inning
15
34
41
51
62
71
 
1-39
4-64
7-end1
RelScore
+4..1
+12
Tied9
-11
-21
 
Ahead3
Tied9
Behind2
Before event, for batter

Play By Play

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1966 HRs #car #yr #gm Date @Bat   Pitcher Score Inn Out RoB RBI BOP Pos WPA bWE Notes Play Description
1 1 1 1 1966-05-14 CHC CIN Jim O'Toole tied 0-0 b 7 2 --- 1 8 6 0.249 77% Home Run
1968 HRs #car #yr #gm Date @Bat   Pitcher Score Inn Out RoB RBI BOP Pos WPA bWE Notes Play Description
2 2 1 1 1968-09-04 (1) CHC SFG Mike McCormick behind 0-2 b 3 2 -2- 2 1 6 0.237 51% Home Run; Phillips Scores
1969 HRs #car #yr #gm Date @Bat   Pitcher Score Inn Out RoB RBI BOP Pos WPA bWE Notes Play Description
3 3 1 1 1969-04-25 CHC @ NYM Tom Seaver tied 0-0 t 3 2 --- 1 1 6 0.126 58% Home Run
4 4 2 1 1969-06-17 (2) CHC @ PIT Gene Garber behind 0-1 t 4 0 --- 1 1 6 0.136 50% IPHR Inside-the-park Home Run to CF
5 5 3 1 1969-06-30 CHC @ MON Howie Reed tied 0-0 t 1 0 --- 1 1 6 0.105 60% Lead-Off Home Run (Line Drive to Deep CF-RF)
6 6 4 1 1969-09-02 CHC @ CIN Tony Cloninger tied 0-0 t 1 0 --- 1 1 6 0.102 60% Lead-Off Home Run
1970 HRs #car #yr #gm Date @Bat   Pitcher Score Inn Out RoB RBI BOP Pos WPA bWE Notes Play Description
7 7 1 1 1970-04-22 CHC STL Sal Campisi ahead 5-4 b 6 0 --- 1 1 6 0.104 84% IPHR Inside-the-park Home Run to CF (Line Drive)
1971 HRs #car #yr #gm Date @Bat   Pitcher Score Inn Out RoB RBI BOP Pos WPA bWE Notes Play Description
8 8 1 1 1971-06-12 CHC CIN Jim McGlothlin tied 0-0 b 1 0 --- 1 1 6 0.101 65% Lead-Off Home Run
9 9 2 1 1971-07-03 CHC PIT Bob Johnson ahead 1-0 b 3 0 --- 1 1 6 0.098 77% IPHR Inside-the-park Home Run to LF
1972 HRs #car #yr #gm Date @Bat   Pitcher Score Inn Out RoB RBI BOP Pos WPA bWE Notes Play Description
10 10 1 1 1972-08-15 CHC @ SFG Juan Marichal tied 0-0 t 3 0 --- 1 1 6 0.124 62% Home Run
1974 HRs #car #yr #gm Date @Bat   Pitcher Score Inn Out RoB RBI BOP Pos WPA bWE Notes Play Description
11 11 1 1 1974-07-12 CHC @ HOU Don Wilson tied 0-0 t 1 0 --- 1 1 6 0.107 61% Lead-Off Home Run
1976 HRs #car #yr #gm Date @Bat   Pitcher Score Inn Out RoB RBI BOP Pos WPA bWE Notes Play Description
12 12 1 1 1976-06-13 (2) STL @ CIN Santo Alcala tied 0-0 t 1 0 1-- 2 2 6 0.164 70% Home Run; McBride Scores
1978 HRs #car #yr #gm Date @Bat   Pitcher Score Inn Out RoB RBI BOP Pos WPA bWE Notes Play Description
13 13 1 1 1978-06-27 CHW @ SEA Tom House ahead 5-1 t 6 1 1-- 2 9 6 0.048 98% Home Run; Soderholm Scores
1979 HRs #car #yr #gm Date @Bat   Pitcher Score Inn Out RoB RBI BOP Pos WPA bWE Notes Play Description
14 14 1 1 1979-06-26 CHW @ SEA Floyd Bannister tied 0-0 t 5 1 1-- 2 9 6 0.225 73% Home Run (Deep LF); May Scores; Kessinger Scores

About the SABR Home Run Encyclopedia

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