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NEW TRIVIA QUESTION: Randy Hundley caught two no-hitters. Who were the two pitchers?
ANSWER to the Trivia question in the previous column: Cesar Tovar struck out rookie outfielder, Reggie Jackson in the game where he played all nine positions in a nine inning game. NOTE: The only other player to play all nine positions in a game was in the game as well; Campy Campaneris of the Athletics.
Few people remember when the San Francisco Giants had too many good players at a key position, they traded off one of them who would become an outstanding major league player with the Cubs. Randy Hundley was signed originally by the Giants. However, they also had Tom Haller up front, Dick Dietz waiting in the wings and a very capable Bob Barton on the bench. Quite frankly, they needed pitching more than an up and coming catcher. A two fold mistake for San Francisco.
Hundley started immediately with 19 homers and a .236 average. Defensively he would have better seasons and in fact was one of the best defensive catchers in the NL in the era. His 16 Passed Balls probably kept him from ROY honors. He went on to become an all-star and won a Gold Glove. He never approached double figures in PB's again.
He would play 14 seasons in the big leagues including 10 with the Cubs. Three times he hit the double figure mark in homers and while he never hit for average, his mainstay was handling Cubs pitchers. Many of them won 20 games with him behind the plate, including Hands and Fergie Jenkins.
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