27 Facts About Al Bumbry


Al Bumbry was the 1973 American League Rookie of the Year, and went on to be an All-Star and World Series champion.

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Al Bumbry is an inductee of the Baltimore Orioles Hall of Fame and the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame.

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Al Bumbry was born in Fredericksburg, Virginia, and graduated from Ralph Bunche High School in King George, Virginia.

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Al Bumbry attended Virginia State College on a basketball scholarship, which he played for four years.

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Al Bumbry was in ROTC at Virginia State, obligating him to serve for two years in the US military.

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Al Bumbry served in the United States Army and led a platoon during the Vietnam War, receiving the Bronze Star Medal.

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Al Bumbry was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the 11th round of the 1968 Major League Baseball draft.

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Al Bumbry started his professional career in 1969 for the Stockton Ports of the Class A California League, where he appeared in 35 games, batting.

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Al Bumbry appeared in 134 total games for those teams, batting.

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Al Bumbry appeared in 9 games for the Orioles late in the 1972 season.

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Al Bumbry played left field in the third and fifth game of the series; he had a walk in each game, but was hitless in seven at bats.

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Al Bumbry was named the AL Rookie of the Year, receiving 13 of 23 first place votes.

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Al Bumbry made one appearance as a pinch runner, and struck out in one appearance as a pinch hitter.

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In 1978, Al Bumbry broke his leg on a slide into second base during a game against the Texas Rangers on May 12.

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Al Bumbry appeared in center field in all seven games – four as a starter, and entering as a pinch hitter in the other three – for the series he batted.

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Al Bumbry hit well throughout the 1980 season; he played in all but two of the Orioles' games, including 152 complete games as center fielder and batting leadoff.

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Al Bumbry was selected as an All-Star; he and pitcher Steve Stone represented the Orioles on the AL squad.

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Al Bumbry entered the game defensively in center field in the bottom of the 5th inning; he batted once, grounding out in the 8th inning.

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Al Bumbry was the first Oriole to collect 200 hits in a season – Bob Dillinger had last accomplished the feat in 1948 when the franchise was still the St Louis Browns.

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Al Bumbry continued to bat leadoff when he started games, however manager Joe Altobelli substituted for him fairly often; of the 95 games Al Bumbry started, he only completed 44 of them.

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Al Bumbry was the starting center fielder in each game except for the third game, which he did not play in.

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Al Bumbry still hit leadoff when he started games, but of 99 starts he only had 44 complete games played.

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In March 1985, Al Bumbry signed with the San Diego Padres, whose regular left fielder, Carmelo Martinez, was recovering from hand surgery.

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When Martinez missed the first five games of the season, Al Bumbry started three games in left field, but after Martinez joined the club, Al Bumbry was mostly used as a pinch hitter.

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Al Bumbry served as the first base coach for three MLB teams; Boston Red Sox, Baltimore Orioles, and Cleveland Indians.

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Al Bumbry was inducted into the Baltimore Orioles Hall of Fame in 1987, and the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame in 2002.

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Al Bumbry is the co-owner of a sports memorabilia store in Timonium, Maryland.

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