Ken Hamlin (baseball)

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Ken Hamlin
Shortstop/Second baseman
Born: (1935-05-18) May 18, 1935 (age 81)
Detroit, Michigan
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
June 17, 1957, for the Pittsburgh Pirates
Last MLB appearance
September 26, 1966, for the Washington Senators
MLB statistics
Batting average .241
Home runs 11
Runs batted in 89

Kenneth Lee Hamlin (born May 18, 1935, in Detroit, Michigan) is an American former Major League Baseball shortstop/second baseman. He was signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates as an amateur free agent on June 3, 1957, and played for the Pirates (1957, 1959), Kansas City Athletics (1960), Los Angeles Angels (1961), and Washington Senators (1962, 1965–66).

Hamlin made his big league debut for the Pirates two weeks after he signed with them, but only played in five games for them in his two short stays there. He was traded to the Kansas City A's as part of a multi-player deal that headlined pitcher Dick Hall and catcherthird baseman Hal Smith on December 9, 1959.

He was a good fielder but not strong with the bat. Playing on weaker teams like the A's, Angels, and Senators, Hamlin had the opportunity to start more games than he would have had he been on teams with stronger rosters. He was in the starting lineup in 366 of the 468 major league games he played in. He received most of his playing time with the 1960 A's (58–96), 1962 Senators (60–101), and 1965 Senators (70–92).

Career totals include 323 hits, 11 home runs, 89 runs batted in, 372 runs scored, a .241 batting average, a .304 on-base percentage, and a slugging percentage of .311. His lifetime fielding percentage was .963, which was right around the league average during his era.

Career highlights include:

  • hit two home runs with four RBI vs. the Detroit Tigers (July 19, 1965)
  • one 5-RBI game...including a grand slam and a run-scoring double vs. the Boston Red Sox (July 27, 1962 – game 2)
  • two 4-hit games...4 singles vs. the Washington Senators (August 9, 1960 – game 2) and two singles and two doubles vs. the Detroit Tigers (July 2, 1965)
  • seventeen 3-hit games

In his retirement years, Hamlin founded and ran Tall Timbers, a sports camp with a baseball emphasis, in Climax, Michigan.[citation needed]

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