Saturday, May 22, 2010

Senators Saturday - Gary Holman, 1969.

Quick reminder before we take a look at today's Senator. Don't forget to enter the Strat-O-Matic contest. See yesterday's post for the details.

Gary Holman broke in with the Senators in 1968 and apparently did well enough that his 1969 card featured the Topps All-Star Rookie trophy. 1969 would be another story.

Gary is listed as a first baseman on card number 361 of the 1969 Topps set. That wasn't the entire story in 1969. While with Washington that year he appeared in 41 games and played 30 innings on defense. 18 of those innings were at first base and 12 in the outfield. He handled 15 chances without an error. That really wasn't surprising, he had done extremely well in the field the year before.

Where things broke down for Gary in his second season was at the plate. He made 35 trips to the plate and managed only a .161 batting average. His .257 on base percentage really didn't help shine things up much either. Gary struck out seven times while walking just four. He hit no home runs, no triples, and only one double. He scored just once and only had two RBI.

By June the Senators had seen enough, they sent him down to Triple A. His last game with the team was on June 18, 1969. It would also be his last Major league game. 1969 would also be his last professional season.

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