This is my ode about the time I spent with my grandfather on Cape Cod. I hope to honor the summers we shared and the teams we rooted for by reuniting a game used bat for every Red Sox position player from 1975 to 1986. This is for you Gus!

Friday, July 21, 2017

Bobby Darwin

There is a small fraternity of big leaguers who started their careers as pitchers and transitioned into position players. Bobby Darwin was one of those players. Originally signed as a pitcher by the Los Angeles Angels in 1962, Bobby made his major league debut on the final day of that same season. After three innings, eight hits and six runs he was promptly designated for assignment in the Angel's minor league system.

Nine years later Darwin was back in the show, this time as an Dodgers outfielder. Between 1972 and 1974 Darwin led the American League in strikeouts and tape measure home runs. His most prolific blast occurred on May 26, 1974, when he became just the second player ever to reach the second deck at Metropolitan Stadium, some 515 feet from home plate.

By the time Darwin was traded to the Red Sox for Bernie Carbo there was no magic left in his bat. He hit just .183 with 3 home runs in 47 games for the Sox. In May of 1977 he was traded to the Cubs where he would play just eleven more games before hanging them up.

24 bats down 59 to go.

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