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  • jim King, longtime Expansion Senator passes away at 82.

    Longtime Washington right fielder, Jim king has passed away in his native Arkansas at age 82. King played in the majors for 11 years in a 13 year period (1955-1958 and
    1961-1967) and spent the last seven years of his career with the expansion Washington Senators. King in fact was on two teams in their inaugural year, as he played for the 1958 San Francisco giants as well as the 1961 (new) Senators. King was a righty throwing, lefty batter with power. He hit 117 career home runs, smacking 24 home runs in 1963 and 18 home runs in 1964. Those years corresponded to the to years where he received the most playing time. He had 511 plate appearances in 1963 and 478 plate appearances in 1964. In a more typical year he would be platooned with various righthanded batters and would average about 350 P.A.s per year. King also had a fine throwing arm and had 70 outfield assists in his career, with 13 in his best season. He reached the majors in 1955 with the Chicago Cubs. Washington proved to be his second home as he was a Senator for 6 1/2 seasons, and it was the the only city where he enjoyed a long stay. He was also a Cub (2 years) Cardinal (part of one year), SF Giant (one year), White Sox (part of one year) and King finished his career with the Cleveland Indians (less than two months) whom he joined late in the 1967 season. King hit .240 for his career.
    Last edited by philliesfiend55; 02-27-2015, 06:35 AM.

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