August 7, 1954 |
San Angelo, Texas
|April 7, 1977, for the Detroit Tigers|
|Last MLB appearance|
|May 24, 1988, for the Texas Rangers|
|Runs batted in||634|
|Career highlights and awards|
Kemp was made the #1 pick in the 1976 amateur draft by the Detroit Tigers, he played just one season in the minor leagues. Starting the 1977 season in the majors, he was immediately installed as the Tigers' starting left fielder.
During his major league career, Kemp played for the Tigers (1977–1981), Chicago White Sox (1982), New York Yankees (1983–1984) and Texas Rangers (1988) all of the American League and the Pittsburgh Pirates (1985–1986) of the National League. He predominantly played in the outfield, with occasional appearances as a designated hitter or first baseman. His best season was with the Tigers in 1979 when he hit .318 with 26 home runs and 105 RBI.
He was selected for the American League All-Star team during the 1979 season. After his major league days ended, Kemp played a season in the Senior Professional Baseball League.
He played college ball at the University of Southern California.