George Bjorkman

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George Anton Bjorkman

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George Bjorkman played 29 games with the Houston Astros in 1983. Due to a good ability to get walks, and some power, he had an above average OPS+. His most famous day was July 13th, when he drove in five runs and caught pitcher Nolan Ryan. Source: SABR article: July 13, 1983: Bjorkman knocks in five in cup of coffee for Astros [1].

George was born in southern California and spent eight seasons in the minors, in four different organizations. Five of the eight years were spent in the St. Louis Cardinals organization, and he hit 28 home runs in AAA ball in 1981. However. the Cardinals were a very good team in 1981 and 1982, winning the 1982 World Series, and Bjorkman was traded in the spring of 1983, which allowed him to make his major league debut with the Houston Astros in the summer of 1983.

Of the players who appeared at catcher for the 1983 Astros, Bjorkman was the strongest hitter. However, the regular, Alan Ashby, was not to be dislodged - he caught for the Astros from 1979 to 1989. After his lone major league season, Bjorkman was traded to the Montreal Expos in return for fellow catcher Tom Wieghaus, but he never appeared in another big league game.

Ontario, CA has been the birthplace of several catchers. In addition to George, Del Crandall and Rod Barajas were born there. Prince Fielder was also born there, but he wasn't a catcher.

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