Random Retro Baseball Player: Claudell Washington | Sharapova's Thigh

Next up in our "Random Retro Baseball Player" series, we look at Claudell Washington...

Years Played: 1974-1986.

Teams Played For: Oakland Athletics(74-76), Texas Rangers(77-78), Chicago White Sox(78-80), New York Mets(80), Atlanta Braves(81-86), New York Yankees(87-88, 90), California Angels(89-90).

Positions: Right Field(1098 Games), Left Field(327 Games), Center Field (319 Games).

Bats/Throws: Left/Left.

Career Line: .278 AVG, 926 R, 1884 H, 164 HR, 824 RBI, 312 SB, .325 OBP, .420 SLG, .745 OPS.

Best Season: Arguable, So I'll Provide His Two Best... Would Love To Hear Your Opinions On It.

1975- 635 PA, .308 AVG, 182 H, 10 HR, 77 RBI, 40 SB, .345 OBP, .424 SLG, .769 OPS, 119 OPS+.

1984- 479 PA, .286 AVG, 119 H, 17 HR, 61 RBI, 21 SB, .374 OBP, .469 SLG, .843 OPS, 130 OPS+.

Awards/Leaderboard: 2-Time All-Star(1975, 1984).

2nd In AL In Stolen Bases In 1975 With 40.

4th In AL In Hits In 1975 With 182.

5th In AL In Batting Average In 1975 At .308.

Fun Facts: Claudell was a member of one World Series-winning team, and it was in his rookie season(1974) at the age of 19 for the Oakland Athletics. He went 4 for 7 with a walk in the series.

The following season he was named to the AL All-Star team. At the age of 20 he was one of the youngest players in MLB history to be playing in the Mid-Summer Classic.

He hit 3 homers in a game in 1979 for the White Sox, and then did the same thing the next season for the Mets.

He was associated with the cocaine scandals of 1985. He was at first charged with possession of cocaine, but the felony charge was eventually dropped:

In explaining why he had not pressed the cocaine charge,

Gary Yancy , the District Attorney of Contra Costa County, said that while the police who stopped Washington's car in Walnut Creek on Feb. 18 had found a small amount of cocaine in the car's center console, they had found no usable fingerprints and no drug paraphernalia.
Link(New York Times)

He was a part of the Pittsburgh drug trials of 1985, which informed us how cocaine was widely used around baseball. Washington and ten other players were given suspensions, seven of which for a full season. His suspension was for 60 days, but was allowed to play if he donated 5% of his salary and do 50 hours of drug-related community service, which he chose to do.

In the scene of the movie Ferris Bueller's Day Off where they are at a Cubs-Braves game at Wrigley Field, Claudell hit the foul ball that Ferris catches.

Claudell Washington's page on Baseball Reference

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