June 4, 1956 |
|September 4, 1978 for the St. Louis Cardinals|
|Last MLB appearance|
|October 6, 1991 for the San Francisco Giants|
|Runs batted in||628|
|Career highlights and awards|
Terrence Edward Kennedy (on June 4, 1956 in Euclid, Ohio) is a former All-Star Major League Baseball catcher who played for the St. Louis Cardinals (1978–80), San Diego Padres (1981–86), Baltimore Orioles (1987–88) and San Francisco Giants (1989–91). Kennedy batted left-handed and threw right-handed. He is the son of former major league player and manager Bob Kennedy.
He played college baseball at Florida State University and was a two-time All-American and Sporting News College Player of the Year in 1976. Kennedy was inducted into the FSU Athletics hall of Fame in 1982.
In a 14-year Major League career, Kennedy hit .264 with 113 home runs and 628 RBI in 1491 games. Kennedy tied Johnny Bench's NL mark of 40 doubles in a season in 1982. That same year Kennedy won the Silver Slugger Award. He appeared in 4 All-Star games (1981, 1983, 1985, and 1987). He also played in 2 World Series with the Padres in 1984 and the Giants in 1989 (Earthquake Series). Terry and his father Bob became the first father and son duo to drive in runs in a World Series when Terry drove in 2 against the Tigers in 1984 in his first at bat.
After his playing days, Kennedy managed, coached, and instructed in the minor leagues for the St. Louis Cardinals, Montreal Expos, Seattle Mariners, Chicago Cubs, Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres, as well as the Independent Leagues. Kennedy was voted Manager-of-the-Year twice including Baseball America Manager-of-the-Year in 1998 when he led the Iowa Cubs to a first place finish. He won his only championship as a player, or manager, when he led the San Diego Surf Dawgs of the professional independent Golden Baseball League to the GBL Championship in 2005. His 2005 Surf Dawgs team featured Hall of Famer Rickey Henderson in his last professional season. Kennedy was named Manager of the Year in the Golden League in 2005.
Terry was known for not wearing batting gloves.
Throughout most of his career, Kennedy wore #16. When he came to the Orioles, he could not get #16 because veteran pitcher Scott McGregor already had the number, so he wore #15 during his time with the Orioles. In the remainder of his career with the Giants, he wore #16.
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