March 20, 1933 |
Goldsboro, North Carolina
|April 11, 1959 for the Chicago Cubs|
Last MLB appearance
|October 1, 1967 for the Chicago Cubs|
|Runs batted in||403|
Career highlights and awards
George Lee Altman (born March 20, 1933 in Goldsboro, North Carolina) is a former Major League Baseball outfielder and Nippon Professional Baseball outfielder. Altman played for the Chicago Cubs (1959-1962, 1965-1967), St. Louis Cardinals (1963), and New York Mets (1964). He batted left-handed and threw right-handed.
In a nine-season MLB career, Altman had a .269 batting average with 101 home runs and 403 RBIs, in 991 games played. He played professional baseball in Japan from 1968 through 1975, for the Lotte Orions and the Hanshin Tigers, where he had a .309 batting average with 205 home runs. He credited martial arts training for baseball success in Japan.
Major League Baseball highlights
- National League All-Star player in 1961 and 1962.
- National League leader in triples (12) in 1961.
- First player to hit two home runs off Sandy Koufax in the same game (August 4, 1961).
- Hit a pinch hit home run during an All-Star Game in 1961.
- Named NL Player of the Month for June 1961 (.355, 10 HR, 29 RBI)
- Only player in 19-year span (1955-1973) other than Ernie Banks, Billy Williams, and Ron Santo to lead Cubs in RBIs in one season: Altman-96 (1961), Billy Williams-86, Ron Santo-83, and Ernie Banks-80.
- "NAIA Players in the Pros". The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. 2005-09-10. Retrieved 2008-09-02.
- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube
- Baseball Library
- Japanese Baseball
- MLB 1961 All-Star Game
- NY Mets Database
|Major League Player of the Month