Al Bumbry

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Alonza Benjamin Bumbry
born Alonza Benjamin Bumbrey

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Biographical Information[edit]

Al Bumbry was a speedy outfielder who played 14 years in the major leagues, mostly with the Baltimore Orioles.

Born "Alonza Benjamin Bumbrey", Bumbry attended Virginia State University before being drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the 11th round of the 1968 amateur draft. He began his pro career in 1969 before serving from July 1969 to June 1971 in Vietnam, where he earned a Bronze Star as platoon leader. After returning to baseball, he made his big league debut with the O's as a September call-up in 1972.

Bumbry stuck with Baltimore for good in 1973 and hit .337 in 110 games. He had too few at-bats to qualify for the American League batting championship, or he would have been a threat to winner Rod Carew, who hit .350, as no one else who qualified hit higher than .306. Bumbry tied a modern major league record by hitting 3 triples in a game on September 22nd. He went on to lead the circuit with 11 triples and was named Rookie of the Year.

Bumbry was a fixture in the Orioles' outfield for over a decade, with the exception of 1978, when he was injured. During that time, his team won four AL East titles, two American League Pennants, and the 1983 World Series. He finished in the AL top ten in batting average in 1977 (7th; .317) and 1980 (9th; .318), and among the top five in stolen bases five times.

After the 1984 season, Bumbry became a free agent and signed with the San Diego Padres. However, at age 38, he hit just .200 and stole only two bases in 1985, and he retired after the season. He ended his career with 254 steals.

After his playing days, Bumbry was a Red Sox coach from 1988 to 1993. In the 1989 Hall of Fame Game, he went 2-for-3 with a stolen base. He was a coach at the time, and appeared in a game consisting of Red Sox players against other teammates since the Cincinnati Reds, who were supposed to be the opponent, had an airplane mishap and were stuck in Montreal at the time with hydraulic problems. In 1989, he played for the Winter Haven Super Sox of the Senior Professional Baseball Association. He hit .340 with 39 RBIs in 51 games with the club.

Bumbry was later a member of the Orioles coaching staff in 1995. He had two stints as a Cleveland Indians coach, in 1998 and again in 2002.

Bumbry's son Steven Bumbry signed with the Orioles as a 12th round pick in the 2009 amateur draft.

Notable Achievements[edit]

AL Rookie of the Year
1972 1973 1974
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