Jerry Mumphrey

Jerry Mumphrey

September 9, 1952
6' 2"
185 lbs
Major League Debut:
9-10-1974 with SLN

Jerry Mumphrey biography:

Jerry Mumphrey was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 4th round of the 1971 amateur draft.He made his debut, September 10, 1974 and here are nine Other Players Who Debuted in 1974. Robin Yount, Gary Carter, Jim Rice, Keith Hernandez, Fred Lynn, Jim Sundberg, Kent Tekulve, Dennis Leonard and John Montefusco.

A speedy switch-hitter who hit at least .277 with occasional power for nine straight seasons (1979-87), Mumphrey was a defensive liability.

He played his first full ML season in 1976, and in 1977 he hit .287 with 22 stolen bases as the Cardinals' centerfielder but also committed nine errors.

He was traded to Cleveland with John Denny for Bobby Bonds after hitting .295 in 1979, then was traded to the Padres before the 1980 season began.

Along with San Diego Padres' teammates Gene Richards and Ozzie Smith, he was part of the first trio from the same team in MLB history to each steal 50 or more bases in a season (1980).

Mumphrey hit .298 with a career-high 52 stolen bases in 1980, but he led NL outfielders with 11 errors and went to the Yankees in a six-player deal that brought Ruppert Jones and Tim Lollar to the Padres. Mumphrey led AL outfielders with eight errors in 1981 while hitting .307, Mumphrey finished 20th in voting for the 1981 American League MVP.

In 1982 hit .300 with nine home runs, then was traded to Houston for Omar Moreno, the Tyler, TX native was a center fielder who had power and speed yet never made a significant impact. Mumphrey hit .336 in 44 games to close out that season then hit .290 and .277 over the next two years and actually earned an All-Star berth in 1984. For his 2-1/2 seasons as an Astro, he batted .291 with 18 homers. The Astros's traded final trade sent him to the Cubs for Billy Hatcher and a player to be named later.

Mumphrey became an accomplished pinch hitter and hit .304 as a part-time player in 1986 and .333 with a career-high 13 HR in only 309 at-bats in 1987, but was released after hitting .136 in 1988.

Sweet Home Bronx

Mumphrey hit well in Yankee Stadium, the best he hit in any of his five home fields during his career. Here's the breakdown:

PARK.................... G, AVG, SLG, OBP
Yankee Stadium...        140, 328, 478, 379
Astrodome...........     199, 313, 416, 384
Wrigley Field.........   193, 290, 444, 359
Busch Stadium......      308, 280, 355, 333
Jack Murphy St......     130, 268, 330, 337


When Mumphrey was acquired by the Cubs in December of 1985, Chicago GM Dallas Green was elated.

"By acquiring Jerry Mumphrey, we got someone who can play three outfield positions and play all three very well," Green said. "And I mean very well."

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