Loyd Christopher

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Loyd Eugene Christopher

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Outfielder Loyd Christopher was in professional baseball for sixteen seasons from 1938 to 1955. The Californian played his first seven seasons in the minors. He hit .353 with 31 homers in the 1939 season for the Wenatchee Chiefs of the class B Western International League, leading the circuit with 131 RBI. He batted .284 for the Seattle Rainiers of the Pacific Coast League in 1944. On November 1, 1944, Loyd was drafted by the Boston Red Sox from Seattle in the 1944 Rule V Draft.

His prior performances got Loyd his first chance in the major leagues in a split-season affair with the Red Sox and the Chicago Cubs, early in the 1945 season. He played in 9 games and hit at a .286 average. Christopher received one more chance with the Chicago White Sox in early 1947, appearing in seven games and hitting at a .217 clip. This finished up his big league time.

During and after his run at the big leagues, Christopher played nine straight seasons (1944-1952) in the Pacific Coast League, having four seasons in which he hit .300 or better. He also had five seasons of double-digit home runs, with 26 being his best, leading the 1946 Pacific Coast League. Loyd finished up his active baseball career in 1955 with the Stockton Ports in a brief seven-game finale at age 35. This gave him minor league career numbers of 1,627 game appearances with 5,164 at-bats and an estimated 178 home runs and a .281 batting average.

After his playing days were over, Christopher was a scout for the Cincinnati Reds (1956-1964), Milwaukee Braves/Atlanta Braves (1965-1966), Cleveland Indians (1967-1974), California Angels (1975-1984), and the Montreal Expos (1985-1990). He signed Gary Pettis and Mark Gardner among others. Loyd Eugene Christopher died at his home in Richmond, CA, of natural causes, on September 5, 1991. His brother, pitcher Russ Christopher, also played in the major leagues.

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