Vern Fuller

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Vern Fuller
Second baseman/Third baseman
Born: (1944-03-01) March 1, 1944 (age 73)
Menomonie, Wisconsin
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 5, 1964, for the Cleveland Indians
Last MLB appearance
October 1, 1970, for the Cleveland Indians
MLB statistics
Batting average .232
Home runs 14
Runs batted in 65
Teams

Vernon Gordon Fuller (born March 1, 1944 in Menomonie, Wisconsin) is a retired American professional baseball player. The second baseman and third baseman appeared in 325 Major League games over six seasons for the Cleveland Indians in 1964 and from 1966–1970. He threw and batted right-handed, stood 6 feet 1 inch (1.85 m) tall and weighed 170 pounds (77 kg) as an active player.

Fuller graduated from Canoga Park High School in Southern California and attended what is now California State University, Northridge and Arizona State University. Signing with Cleveland in 1963, he split his first pro season between Class A and Double-A in the Indians' farm system. He then spent the entire 1964 season on Cleveland's MLB roster, although he was on the disabled list until early September. In his big-league debut, as a pinch hitter September 5, he grounded out to Joel Horlen of the Chicago White Sox.[1]

Fuller returned to the minor leagues for most of 1965–1966. He split 1967 between the Indians and the Triple-A Portland Beavers, then spent both 1968 and 1969 as the Tribe's regular second baseman. But he never batted higher than .242 and in 1970 he lost his regular job to Eddie Leon. It was his final season in professional baseball.

As a Major Leaguer, Fuller collected 182 hits, including 33 doubles, four triples and 14 home runs.

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  1. ^ Retrosheet box score

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