69 Facts About Darrell Evans


Darrell Wayne Evans was born on May 26,1947 and is a former American baseball player, coach and manager.

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Darrell Evans played 21 seasons in Major League Baseball, beginning his career as a third baseman with the Atlanta Braves, alternating between first and third base with the San Francisco Giants, and playing much of his later career as a first baseman and then a designated hitter for the Detroit Tigers.

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Darrell Evans won a World Series championship with the Tigers in 1984.

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Darrell Evans was a two-time All-Star, first with the Braves in 1973 and then with the Giants in 1983.

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Darrell Evans led MLB in home runs in 1985 with the Tigers, and walks in 1973 and 1974 with the Braves.

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Darrell Evans attended Pasadena City College and helped lead the baseball and basketball teams to California junior college championships.

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Darrell Evans was traded to the San Francisco Giants in the middle of his lackluster 1976 season.

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Darrell Evans signed as a free agent with the Detroit Tigers prior to the 1984 season, winning the World Series in his first year with the team.

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Darrell Evans led MLB in home runs in 1985 at age 38, becoming the oldest player in history to accomplish the feat.

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Darrell Evans concluded his playing career with a return to the Braves in 1989.

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Darrell Evans was born in 1947 in Pasadena, California, to Eleanor and Richard Darrell Evans, both of whom came from baseball families.

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Darrell Evans attended his mother's softball games as an infant and later served as the team's bat boy.

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Darrell Evans's father was a sheet metal mechanic who had played college baseball.

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Darrell Evans's maternal grandfather Dave Salazar was a pitcher in the Chicago White Sox organization and played for the San Francisco Seals in the Pacific Coast League.

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Darrell Evans played baseball at Muir as a right-handed throwing pitcher and third baseman who batted left handed.

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Darrell Evans was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in 1965, the New York Yankees and Detroit Tigers in 1966, and the Philadelphia Phillies and Kansas City Athletics in 1967.

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Darrell Evans played for three different minor league clubs during the 1967 season: Leesburg in the Florida State League, Peninsula in the Carolina League, and Bradenton of the Gulf Coast League.

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Darrell Evans was named 1967 player of the year in the Gulf Coast League.

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Darrell Evans spent the 1968 season with Birmingham in the Southern League.

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Darrell Evans's playing time was limited in 1967 and 1968 by his service in the United States Marine Corps.

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Darrell Evans later recalled that his arm was "sore and gone" after his discharge from the Marines, resulting in a poor performance in 1968.

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Darrell Evans began the 1969 season with the Braves but was limited to pinch-hitting.

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Darrell Evans was then promoted to the Richmond Braves of the Triple-A International League where he hit.

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Darrell Evans was recalled to Atlanta in late August 1969, but hit only.

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Darrell Evans spent most of the 1970 season at Richmond where he hit.

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Darrell Evans received the nickname "Clank" due to his fielding difficulties.

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Darrell Evans acquired the nickname "Howdy Doody" due to his resemblance to the popular television puppet of the same name.

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Darrell Evans began the 1971 season with Richmond where he was moved to the outfield and batted.

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Darrell Evans appeared in 72 games at the third base for the 1971 Braves; he hit.

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Darrell Evans used to talk to me, pump into me that I had to do it.

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In 1972, Darrell Evans was the Braves' regular third baseman, appearing in 125 games.

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Darrell Evans led the major leagues in walks with 125 and runs created with 143.

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Darrell Evans ranked among the best defensive third basemen in the National League with a 3.

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Darrell Evans appeared in 160 games at third base for the Braves.

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Darrell Evans ranked among the National League's leaders with 269 times on base, 25 home runs, 99 runs scored, and a 7.

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Darrell Evans' output declined further at the start of the 1976 season.

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Darrell Evans sought to remedy the slump by switching from contact lenses to glasses.

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In 1983, Darrell Evans shifted back to first base and had his best season in San Francisco.

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Darrell Evans won the team's 1983 Willie Mac Award for his spirit and leadership.

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Darrell Evans was selected by seventeen teams, more than any other player, in the November 1983 re-entry draft.

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Darrell Evans totaled 16 home runs and 63 RBIs for the 1984 Tigers.

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Darrell Evans' father died at the end of July 1984 after a long battle with cancer, and Darrell Evans missed several games to attend the funeral in California.

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Darrell Evans later recalled that it was the greatest disappointment of his life that his father was not able to see him play in the World Series.

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In 1985, Darrell Evans had one of the best offensive seasons of his career.

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Darrell Evans appeared in 151 games, 113 at first base, 33 as the designated hitter, and seven at third base.

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Darrell Evans was the oldest player to lead the American League in home runs, and the first player to hit 40 home runs in both the National and American Leagues.

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Darrell Evans was selected by both Detroit sports writers and fans for the 1985 Tiger of the Year award.

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Darrell Evans publicly expressed his frustration at losing his spot in the lineup after hitting 40 home runs.

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Darrell Evans drew 100 walks in 1987, fourth most in the American League, pumping his on-base percentage to.

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Darrell Evans hit 34 home runs, had 99 RBIs, and finished 12th in the voting for the American League Most Valuable Player Award.

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In December 1988, Darrell Evans signed to return to the Atlanta Braves for the 1989 season.

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Darrell Evans appeared in his final major league game on October 1,1989, at age 42.

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Darrell Evans played 21 seasons in the majors and appeared in 2,687 games.

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Darrell Evans was the 22nd player in baseball history to total 400 home runs.

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Darrell Evans was the first player to hit 40 home runs in a season in both leagues.

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Darrell Evans hit over 20 home runs in 10 different seasons, and he was only the second player in major league history to hit at least 100 home runs with three different clubs.

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Darrell Evans hit 60 home runs after reaching age 40, at the time a major league record.

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Darrell Evans averaged 97 walks per 162 games, and drew 100 or more walks five times.

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Darrell Evans has been described by author and pioneering sabremetrician Bill James as "the most underrated player in baseball history, absolutely number one on the list".

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In June 1990, two months after his release by the Braves, Darrell Evans was hired by the New York Yankees as the team's hitting instructor, amid rumors that he may eventually be asked to take over Stump Merrill's job as manager.

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Darrell Evans was credited with making a change in rookie Kevin Maas' swing, allowing him to more effectively reach Yankee Stadium's short right field fence.

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Darrell Evans was the manager for several minor league teams, including stints with the Tyler Wildcatters of the independent Texas-Louisiana League in 1997, the Wilmington Blue Rocks of the South Atlantic League in 1998, the Huntsville Stars in the Double-A Southern League in 1999, the Aberdeen Arsenal of the independent Atlantic League in 2000, and the Allentown Ambassadors in the independent Northern League in 2002.

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From 2005 to 2007, Darrell Evans was the manager of the Long Beach Armada in the independent Golden Baseball League.

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Darrell Evans then served in 2008 as the bench and hitting coach for the Orange County Flyers, a team managed by Gary Carter.

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Darrell Evans was hired in November 2009 as the first manager and director of player personnel for the newly-organized Victoria Seals of the GBL.

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In March 2010, he was fired after the owner learned that Darrell Evans was seeking employment as a manager with another club.

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Darrell Evans managed the Palm Springs Chill in 2009 in the California Winter League.

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In 1984, Darrell Evans publicly revealed that, in the summer of 1982, he and his wife had seen a UFO from the porch of their home in Pleasanton, California.

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Darrell Evans described the UFO hovering over his neighbor's house as appearing "like a flying wing", triangular in shape with no wings and with green and red lights on the sides and white lights on the back.

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