Don Prince

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Don Prince
Pitcher
Born: (1938-04-05) April 5, 1938 (age 79)
Clarkton, North Carolina
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 21, 1962, for the Chicago Cubs
Last MLB appearance
September 21, 1962, for the Chicago Cubs
MLB statistics
Win–loss record 0–0
Earned run average 0.00
Innings pitched 1
Teams

Donald Mark Prince (born April 5, 1938) is an American former professional baseball player. He had a seven-year (1958–1964) active career, but appeared in only one inning of one Major League Baseball game for the 1962 Chicago Cubs. He stood 6 feet 4 inches (1.93 m) tall and weighed 200 pounds (91 kg) and attended Campbell University, Buies Creek, North Carolina.

Prince's Major League audition came after a mediocre 1962 season with the Cubs' Triple-A Salt Lake City Bees affiliate, where he won 10 of 24 decisions and had a high earned run average of 5.31, largely as a starting pitcher.[1] In his one MLB game, he pitched in relief in the ninth inning of a 4–1 loss to the New York Mets at the Polo Grounds. He issued a base on balls to the first man he faced, Joe Christopher, then hit the next batter, Frank Thomas. But Jim Hickman got Prince off the hook by grounding into a 1-6-3 double play and Sammy Drake bounced out to second.[2]

Prince then returned to the minor leagues for the 1963–1964 seasons before retiring from baseball.

In 1996, Prince was convicted in a murder for hire plot in the Federal District Court in South Carolina. Prince received a 17 and a half year sentence for attempting to have two people murdered by an undercover police officer he believed to be a hit man.[3]

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