1969 BASEBALL PLAYER OF THE DAY- MIKE ANDREWS -BOSTON RED SOX

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SIX POINTS ABOUT MIKE ANDREWS

  • Mike Andrews will always be remembered for the unfortunate incident that happened to him in the 1973 World Series. He was with the Oakland A’s- who signed him in July of that year at the urging of manager Dick Williams who had managed him in Boston. Owner Charles O. Finley- aka The Jackass- was against the move. In game 2 of the World Series Andrews made two key errors at second base and the A’s lost the game in 12 innings. After the game Owner Finley forced Andrews to sign affidavit saying he was hurt- that way the A’s could replace him on the roster. Andrews wasn’t hurt and Williams and Andrews A’s teammates rallied behind him. Commissioner Bowie Kuhn that Andrews was back on the roster. Andrews pinch-hit in Game 4 and grounded out- Finley ordered Williams not to play him the rest of the series [Williams would resign from Oakland and go to California to manage after the season- everyone hated working or playing for Finley } That was the end of Mike Andrews career. It is a shame that this is what he is mainly remembered for because for a few years he was a pretty solid baseball player and always well thought of as a quality guy.
  • Andrews was 6’3″ 195 he batted and threw right handed. He was a second baseman who also played a little at first base. He was 23 when he broke into the major leagues and 30 when he left. His career line- 66 home runs, 316 RBI, .258 battling average. He had a good eye-he walked 458 times to his 390 strike outs.  a .353 on base percentage.  18 career stolen bases. 10.9 WAR. He played for the Red Sox 1966-70, White Sox 71-73, A’s in 73 and then played in 1975 in Japan.
  • His best years were in 1968-69 with the Boston Red Sox. He made the All-Star team in 1969. He showed some pop in the 1969 to 71 seasons- with 15, 17 and 12 home runs.
  • He had a football scholarship out of high school to UCLA but he had to go to junior college for a year before going to UCLA and he was interested in getting married and starting a family so he signed with the Red Sox instead.
  • He was traded for a future Baseball Hall of Famer in December 1970 when the Red Sox traded him along with Luis Alvarado to the Chicago White Sox for SS Luis Aparicio.
  • He had brother Rob who was an infielder in major league baseball from 1975-79. After his playing career was over the Boston Red Sox asked Andrews to be the Chairman of the Jimmy Fund. He would serve as chairman for twenty-five years.
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