23 Facts About Amos Otis


Amos Joseph Otis was born on April 26,1947 and is an American former professional baseball player and coach.

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Amos Otis played in Major League Baseball as a center fielder from 1967 to 1984, most prominently as an integral member of the Kansas City Royals team that won the franchise's first American League Western Division championship in 1976, and their first American League pennant in 1980.

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Five-time All-Star, Amos Otis twice led the American League in doubles and once led the league in stolen bases.

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Amos Otis was considered one of the best center fielders of his era, using his speed to earn three Gold Glove Awards.

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Amos Otis was named Royals Player of the Year three times and, finished among the Royals all-time leaders in hits, home runs, runs scored, stolen bases and games played.

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Amos Otis played for the New York Mets and the Pittsburgh Pirates.

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Amos Otis was inducted into the Kansas City Royals Hall of Fame in 1986.

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Amos Otis was initially drafted by the Boston Red Sox in 1965 as a shortstop.

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Amos Otis was part of a trade package along with Ed Kranepool and Bob Heise when the Mets attempted to acquire the Braves' Joe Torre who went to the St Louis Cardinals for Orlando Cepeda instead.

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Amos Otis immediately clashed with Mets manager Gil Hodges, who tried to make him a third baseman.

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Amos Otis made the American League All-Star team in each of his first four years with the team and won three Gold Gloves.

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Amos Otis's speed worked well with the Royals' team philosophy of speed and defense.

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Amos Otis led the American League with 52 stolen bases that year.

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Amos Otis scored the final run ever at Kansas City's Municipal Stadium in the fifth inning on October 4,1972.

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Amos Otis hit as many as 26 homers in a season, knocked in 90 runs or more three times, twice led the AL in doubles and once in stolen bases with 52.

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Amos Otis compiled a career total of 341 steals, while being caught stealing 93 times.

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Amos Otis was a clutch performer, and he consistently produced for the Royals as the team became a perennial contender.

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On September 12,1977, Amos Otis helped eight youths who were stranded after a Royals game had been rained out when flooding prevented the boys' parents picking them up.

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Amos Otis set a record for putouts in a game by an outfielder in Game 3, a contest in which he homered.

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Amos Otis is one of two players to drive in a run in each of his first five World Series games.

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Amos Otis spent most of 1984 in the National League with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

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Amos Otis worked for the San Diego Padres and Colorado Rockies as a hitting instructor, later retiring to Las Vegas.

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Amos Otis still attends Royals reunions, and dons a uniform to play in alumni games.

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