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Ted Simmons

Ted Simmons

Position(s):
C, 1B, OF, RF, LF, 3B, DH
Born:
August 9, 1949
Bats:
Left
Throws:
Right
Height:
5' 11"
Weight:
193 lbs
Major League Debut:
9-21-1968 with SLN
Allstar Selections:
1980 SS

Ted Simmons

Ted Simmons

A grassroots campaign to get Ted Simmons inducted into the Hall of Fame has rarely drawn much attention. The switch-hitting catcher spent 21 years in the big leagues, and retired with more RBI than Johnny Bench, more runs scored than Gary Carter, more hits than Carlton Fisk, and a higher batting average than Yogi Berra. But his longevity has not obscured the fact that he was considered a mediocre defensive catcher, against whom baserunners frequently ran wild. With the stick however, Simmons accumulated 2,472 hits, the highest figure by a player who was primarily a catcher. He hit .300 sevent times, and was frequently among league leaders in hits, doubles, and intentional walks.

Career Batting Stats
G AB H R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OBP OPS OPS+
2456 8680 2472 1074 248 1389 21 .285 .437 .348 .785 111.8

Quotes About Ted Simmons

"All you ever hear is Bench and Munson and Fisk. Nobody ever talks about Simmons. He's the most underrated catcher. He's never got the recognition he deserves. But where can you find a catcher that can do all the things Simmons can do? He hits better than any of them, and he calls a great game. And who else in the league can catch as many games as he does?" — Pittsburgh manager Chuck Tanner on St. Louis catcher Ted Simmons, 1978

 

Where does Ted Simmons rank among baseball greats?

Ted Simmons ranks among the Top 50 all-time at C. Rankings

Born
Ted Lyle Simmons was born on August 9, 1949, in Highland Park, MI.

 

Batted:  Both
Threw:  Right

 

College:  Michigan

Major League Debut
September 21,1968

Nine Other Players Who Debuted in 1968
Ted Simmons
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Bobby Bonds
Rollie Fingers
Andy Messersmith
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If anyone knows how he acquired the nickname "Simba," let us know.

 

Hall of Fame Voting
Year Election Votes Pct
1994 BBWAA 17 3.7%

Post-Season Appearances
1981 American League Division Playoffs
1982 American League Championship Series
1982 World Series

 

Batting Feats

  • April 17, 1975: Switch HR same game...

  • June 11, 1979: Switch HR same game...

  • May 2, 1982: Switch HR same game...

All-Star Selections
1972 NL
1973 NL
1974 NL
1977 NL
1978 NL
1979 NL
1981 AL
1983 AL

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1982 ALCS, 1982 World Series, All Star, Atlanta Braves, Baseball Executive, Milwaukee Brewers, Silver Slugger Award, St. Louis Cardinals, Ted Simmons, switch hitter

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