Danny Breeden

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Danny Breeden
Catcher
Born: (1942-06-27) June 27, 1942 (age 72)
Albany, Georgia
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
July 24, 1969 for the Cincinnati Reds
Last MLB appearance
June 17, 1971 for the Chicago Cubs
Career statistics
Batting average .151
Home runs 0
RBI 5
Teams

Danny Richard Breeden (born June 27, 1942 in Albany, Georgia) is a former Major League Baseball catcher who played in 1969 and 1971 for the Cincinnati Reds and Chicago Cubs.

The brother of former major league first baseman Hal Breeden, Danny graduated from Albany High School (Albany, Georgia). He attended Troy State University before being signed by the St. Louis Cardinals in 1963 as an amateur free agent.[1]

Even before making the majors, Breeden had been part of several player transactions. In December 1963, he was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the first-year draft but the following year he was purchased back by the Cardinals. In December 1968, he was part of a multi-player trade to the San Diego Padres, and on in June 1969 he was purchased by the Reds.

Less than a month after being purchased by the Reds, he made his big league debut at age 27 on July 24, 1969 against Gary Gentry and the New York Mets at Shea Stadium. Breeden, starting at catcher, notched his first career hit in his first at-bat with a second-inning single, going 1-for-4 in the game. The Reds defeated the Mets 4-3 in 12 innings on a Tony Pérez home run.[2]

That one single would be his only big league hit that season. He played in only that series against the Mets as starting catcher Johnny Bench was not available, and he was 0-for-4 in his final two games of the season.

Breeden spent the 1970 season in the Reds' minor league system, and in November 1970 he was traded to the Cubs.

In 1971, Breeden played in 25 games for the Cubs, including catching the second of Ken Holtzman's two no-hitters on June 3 in a 1-0 Cubs win over the Reds at Cincinnati's Riverfront Stadium.[3][4]

The 1971 season was also his brother Hal's rookie season with the Cubs, and they played on the field together for five games. Danny batted .154 in 65 at-bats, hitting no home runs and driving in four runs. He hit the only extra-base hit of his career in his first game of the season, on May 1 against Rick Wise and the Philadelphia Phillies. His brother Hal hit .139 in 36 at-bats. The 1971 season was Danny Breeden's last one in the majors.

After 1971 he played in the minors two more seasons for the Cubs, San Francisco Giants and San Diego Padres organizations.[5]

In 2005 he was inducted into the Albany High School Sports Hall of Fame, joining his brother, Hal, who was inducted in 1996.[6]

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