Tony Horton (baseball)

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Tony Horton
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First baseman
Born: (1944-12-06) December 6, 1944 (age 74)
Santa Monica, California
Batted: RightThrew: Right
MLB debut
July 31, 1964, for the Boston Red Sox
Last MLB appearance
August 28, 1970, for the Cleveland Indians
MLB statistics
Batting average .268
Home runs 76
Runs batted in 297
Teams

Anthony Darrin Horton (born December 6, 1944) is a retired American Major League Baseball player. A first baseman who batted and threw right-handed, Horton played for the Boston Red Sox (1964–67) and Cleveland Indians (1967–70).

Major League Baseball Professional baseball league

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First baseman defensive position in baseball and softball, played on the far right side of the infield at or near first base

First base, or 1B, is the first of four stations on a baseball diamond which must be touched in succession by a baserunner to score a run for that player's team. A first baseman is the player on the team playing defense who fields the area nearest first base, and is responsible for the majority of plays made at that base. In the numbering system used to record defensive plays, the first baseman is assigned the number 3.

Boston Red Sox Baseball team and Major League Baseball franchise in Boston, Massachusetts, United States

The Boston Red Sox are an American professional baseball team based in Boston, Massachusetts. The Red Sox compete in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a member club of the American League (AL) East division. The Red Sox have won nine World Series championships, tied for the third-most of any MLB team, and they have played in 13. Their most recent appearance and win was in 2018. In addition, they won the 1904 American League pennant, but were not able to defend their 1903 World Series championship when the New York Giants refused to participate in the 1904 World Series. Founded in 1901 as one of the American League's eight charter franchises, the Red Sox' home ballpark has been Fenway Park since 1912. The "Red Sox" name was chosen by the team owner, John I. Taylor, circa 1908, following the lead of previous teams that had been known as the "Boston Red Stockings", including the forerunner of the Atlanta Braves.

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Career

Horton made his major league debut at age 19 in 1964. He was a reserve first baseman for two seasons with the Red Sox until he was traded to the Indians in 1967 for Gary Bell, who won 12 games for the Red Sox during their pennant drive after going 1–5 in Cleveland. In 106 games played as an Indian, Horton batted .281 with 10 home runs and 44 runs batted in.

Gary Bell American baseball player

Wilbur Gary Bell, nicknamed Ding Dong, is an American former Major League Baseball pitcher. He pitched from 1958-1969 for four teams in his career, but is noted primarily for his time with the Cleveland Indians. During a 12-year baseball career, Bell compiled 121 wins, 1,378 strikeouts, and a 3.68 earned run average.

After batting .249 in 1968 with 14 homers and 59 RBIs, Horton enjoyed his finest season in 1969, batting .278 and establishing career bests with 27 home runs and 93 runs batted in.

The following are the baseball events of the year 1968 throughout the world.

1970 was a curious season for Horton. He batted .269 with 17 home runs and 59 RBIs in a season full of ups and downs. On May 24 of that year in the second game of a doubleheader, he hit three home runs in an 8–7 loss to the New York Yankees but was reportedly upset about not hitting a fourth. Exactly one month later, again against the Yankees and in the first game of another doubleheader, he fouled off a “folly floater” from Steve Hamilton. He asked for another "Folly Floater," Hamilton threw it and Horton again popped it foul behind home plate, but this time into Thurman Munson's mitt for an out. An embarrassed Horton crawled back into the dugout.

A doubleheader is a set of two baseball games played between the same two teams on the same day in front of the same crowd. In addition, the term is often used unofficially to refer to a pair of games played by a team in a single day, but in front of different crowds and not in immediate succession.

New York Yankees Baseball team and Major League Baseball franchise in the Bronx, New York, United States

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On July 2, Horton hit for the cycle in a 10–9 victory over the Baltimore Orioles. His playing career ended unexpectedly on August 28, after he took himself out in the fifth inning of the second game of a doubleheader against the California Angels. A batting slump and constant booing from the Indians fans led to such emotional distress that he attempted suicide that evening. [1] [2] He was treated and recovered, but the stress of professional baseball forced him to leave the game prematurely; he had played his last game three months shy of his 26th birthday. His manager, Alvin Dark, in his book When in Doubt, Fire the Manager, would call Horton’s sudden exit “the most sorrowful incident I was ever involved in, in my baseball career.” [3]

Hitting for the cycle Hitting a triple, double, single, and a home run in one game of baseball.

In baseball, hitting for the cycle is the accomplishment of one batter hitting a single, a double, a triple, and a home run in the same game. Collecting the hits in that order is known as a "natural cycle". Cycles are semi-rare in Major League Baseball (MLB), having occurred only 325 times, starting with Curry Foley in 1882. The most recent example was accomplished by Jorge Polanco of the Minnesota Twins on April 5, 2019, against the Philadelphia Phillies. The Miami Marlins are the only current MLB franchise who have never had a player hit for the natural cycle. An Ohio high school player accomplished a natural cycle in 2019.

Baltimore Orioles Baseball team and Major League Baseball franchise in Baltimore, Maryland, United States

The Baltimore Orioles are an American professional baseball team based in Baltimore, Maryland. As one of the American League's eight charter teams in 1901, this particular franchise spent its first year as a major league club in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, as the Milwaukee Brewers before moving to St. Louis, Missouri, to become the St. Louis Browns. After 52 often-beleaguered years in St. Louis, the franchise was purchased in November 1953 by a syndicate of Baltimore business and civic interests led by attorney/civic activist Clarence Miles and Mayor Thomas D'Alesandro Jr. The team's current majority owner is lawyer Peter Angelos.

Alvin Dark American baseball player and manager

Alvin Ralph Dark, nicknamed "Blackie" and "The Swamp Fox", was an American Major League Baseball (MLB) shortstop and manager. He played fourteen years for five National League teams from 1946 through 1960. Dark was named the major leagues' 1948 Rookie of the Year after batting .322 for the Boston Braves.

In his very short career, Horton batted .268 with 76 home runs and 297 RBIs in 636 games played. His early exit from the game has often been tied to Indian lore with the Curse of Rocky Colavito.

Curse of Rocky Colavito

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References

  1. Madden, Bill. "BREAKDOWN THE STRANGE CASE OF TONY HORTON REMAINS A MYSTERY", New York Daily News , 8 June 1997.
  2. Raab, Scott. "Taunting Tony Horton The Day After He Slit His Wrists: A Cleveland Fan Repents", Deadspin, 26 May 2010.
  3. Dark, Alvin; Underwood, John (1980). When in Doubt, Fire the Manager. Dutton Adult. ISBN   0525232648.

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Achievements
Preceded by
Rod Carew
Hitting for the cycle
July 2, 1970
Succeeded by
Tommie Agee