Danny Cater

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Danny Cater
Danny Cater 1970.jpg
Cater in 1970
First baseman / Outfielder
Born: (1940-02-25) February 25, 1940 (age 79)
Austin, Texas
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 14, 1964, for the Philadelphia Phillies
Last MLB appearance
June 11, 1975, for the St. Louis Cardinals
MLB statistics
Batting average.276
Home runs66
Runs batted in519

Danny Anderson Cater (born February 25, 1940) is an American former Major League Baseball first baseman, third baseman, and outfielder. He was signed by the Philadelphia Phillies at the age of 18 on June 8, 1958. He played for the Phillies (1964), Chicago White Sox (1965–1966), Kansas City Athletics (1966–1967), Oakland Athletics (1968–1969), New York Yankees (1970–1971), Boston Red Sox (1972–1974), and St. Louis Cardinals (1975).

Cater played twelve seasons in the major leagues, mostly as a regular. For the eight-year period from 1965 to 1972, he averaged over 500 plate appearances per season. He was a good hitter who was tough to strike out; however, he was slow afoot, so he had a knack for grounding into double plays, finishing in the top ten in the league in that category six times in those eight years, including second in both 1968 and 1969.

He finished second for the American League batting title in 1968 with a batting average of .290. It was "The Year of the Pitcher", and Carl Yastrzemski won the title with an average of .301, the lowest ever for a batting champion.

Also in 1968, Cater led all first baseman in the American League with a .995 fielding percentage.

Career highlights included:

Cater's career totals include 1,289 games played, 1,229 hits, 66 home runs, 519 RBI, and a lifetime batting average of .276.

After retiring from baseball, Danny worked at the headquarters office of the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts in Austin, Texas. He now lives in Plano, Texas.

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