Tommie Reynolds

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1969 Tommie Reynolds trading card

Thomas D. Reynolds (born August 15, 1941 in Arizona, Louisiana) is a former professional baseball outfielder. He was signed by the Kansas City Athletics as an amateur free agent in 1963, and played for them from 1963 to 1965. He also played for the New York Mets (1967), Oakland Athletics (1969), California Angels (1970-1971), and Milwaukee Brewers (1972).

After a year in the Midwest League, where he hit .332 for the Burlington Bees, the Athletics optioned Reynolds to Birmingham on May 13, 1964. He began the 1964 Birmingham Barons season as one of the first group of African-American players to don a Barons uniform. During games on August 24 and September 5 he hit 3 home runs, twice tying the team record. His nine runs batted in on September 5 is also a record.

An average defensive outfielder, Reynolds started in almost half of his team's games in both 1965 and 1969, usually in left field. He was also used quite often as a pinch hitter throughout his career. His busiest and best season was 1969, when he played in 107 games and made 363 plate appearances for Oakland. He batted .257 with 2 home runs, 20 RBI, and 51 runs scored. His career totals include 513 games played, 265 hits, 12 home runs, 87 RBI, 141 runs scored, and a lifetime batting average of .226. After his playing career was over, Reynolds served as a coach for the Oakland Athletics (1989-1995) and the St. Louis Cardinals (1996).


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