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50. Don Buford

50. Don Buford
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: February 2, 1937 in Linden, TX USA
  • Weight: 160 lbs.
  • Height: 5'7"
  • Bats: B
  • Throws: R
  • Debut: September 14, 1963
  • Final Game: October 03, 1972
  • MVP - 1965
  • MVP - 1968
  • MVP - 1970
  • MVP - 1971
 
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Don Buford played ten seasons in the Majors, with the second half (1968-72) with the Baltimore Orioles. 

Arriving in the trade that sent Luis Aparicio back to the ChiSox, Buford had a good run, helping Baltimore win the 1970 World Series.  His best year was his penultimate one with the O's (and Major League Baseball), saw him go to the All-Star Game, and lead the American League in Runs Scored.

After he was released by the Orioles in 1973, he played three more years in the pros within the Japanese League.  With Baltimore, Buford would bat .270 with 632 Hits, and entered the Orioles Hall of Fame in 1993.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Second Base, Outfield
  • Acquired: Traded from the Chicago White Sox with Bruce Howard and Roger Nelson for Luis Aparicio, John Matlas, and Russ Snyder 11/29/67.
  • Departed: Released 2/2/73.
  • Games Played: 665
  • Notable Statistics: 408 Runs Scored
    632 Hits
    84 Doubles
    15 Triples
    67 Home Runs
    252 Runs Batted In
    85 Stolen Bases
    .270/.385/.405 Slash Line
    19.2 bWAR

    22 Playoff Games
    13 Runs Scored
    22 Hits
    3 Doubles
    1 Triple
    5 Home Runs
    11 Runs Batted In
    0 Stolen Bases
    .256/.363/.488 Slash Line
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    All-Star (1971)
    Most Runs Scored (1971)
    Highest Power-Speed # (1968)