Talk about someone fun to watch…Fred Lynn was just that…fun to watch. He was great at the plate and great in the field. Played all out. Which is why maybe in some respects his career in the eyes of some fell short of the Hall of Fame due to injuries.
Fred Lynn’s career was hampered by some injuries caused by fearless play, such as a broken rib from crashing into an outfield wall, or knee injuries from breaking up double plays,and playing all out defensively. Lynn won three more Gold Gloves in 1978-80 and finished fourth in the 1979 MVP voting; he won the AL Batting title in that same year. ( 1979) while being elected to the All-Star team every year with the Red Sox, and nine time All Star over his career. He hit a home run in three All-Star games for the Red Sox, in 1976, 1979, and 1980 and hit the only grand slam in All-Star history in 1983.
His 306 career home runs place him ninth among center fielders, behind Willie Mays, Ken Griffey, Jr., Mickey Mantle, Duke Snider, Dale Murphy, Joe DiMaggio, Jim Edmonds, and Andruw Jones.
In his 17-year career, Lynn batted .283 with 1111 RBI, 1960 hits, 1063 runs, 306 home runs, 388 doubles, 43 triples, and 72 stolen bases in 1969 games.
Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday spotlights…Fred Lynn.
|September 5, 1974, for the Boston Red Sox|
|Last MLB appearance|
|October 3, 1990, for the San Diego Padres|
|Runs batted in||1,111|
|Career highlights and awards|