Junior Kennedy

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Junior Kennedy
Second baseman
Born: (1950-08-09) August 9, 1950 (age 68)
Fort Gibson, Oklahoma
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
August 9, 1974, for the Cincinnati Reds
Last MLB appearance
July 17, 1983, for the Chicago Cubs
MLB statistics
Batting average.248
Home runs4
Runs batted in95
Teams

Junior Raymond Kennedy (born August 9, 1950) is a former Major League Baseball second baseman who played during seven seasons.

High School[edit]

A standout athlete at Arvin High School, Kennedy was drafted in 1968 by the Baltimore Orioles in the 1st round with the 10th overall pick. [1]

Playing Career[edit]

Minors[edit]

In 1969, Kennedy was named California League's most valuable player, while with Stockton. He led American Association shortstops in double plays in 1972 with 80 (for Rochester) and topped International League second basement in fielding percentage with .976 for Indianapolis in 1976.[2]

On December 4, 1973: Traded by the Baltimore Orioles with William Wood (minors) and Merv Rettenmund to the Cincinnati Reds for Wallace Williams (minors) and Ross Grimsley. At some point before 1977 Season, Kennedy was sent from the Cincinnati Reds to the San Francisco Giants in an unknown transaction, and then on October 20, 1977 he was purchased back by the Cincinnati Reds from the San Francisco Giants. [3]

Cincinnati Reds[edit]

Kennedy spent five seasons with the Cincinnati Reds (1974, 19781981) Kennedy was known for his versatility and dependability making him extremely valuable as a utility man, leading Reds Manager Sparky Anderson to comment that he was , "the kind (of utility man) that any club would want to have," [2]

Chicago Cubs[edit]

On October 23, 1981, Kennedy was purchased by the Chicago Cubs from the Cincinnati Reds for $50,000, Kennedy spent two season with the Chicago Cubs (19821983), before being released on August 1, 1983 [3]

Post Career[edit]

After the 1983 season, Kennedy managed the Chicago Cubs Lodi farm team with the California League the following season. On February 10, 1986, Kennedy was inducted into the Bob Elias Hall of Fame. [2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Junior Kennedy Stats - Baseball-Reference.com". Baseball-Reference.com.
  2. ^ a b c "Bob Elias Hall of Fame". kcsportshalloffame.org.
  3. ^ a b "Junior Kennedy Stats - Baseball-Reference.com". Baseball-Reference.com.