Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Player Profile: Gary Alexander

I have six cards of Gary Alexander. This one is from 1981 Topps.

Playing career: Gary Alexander played parts of three seasons for the Giants from 1975 to 1977, catching John Montefusco’s no-hitter in 1976. He was traded twice in three months in 1978 – to the A’s in March, then to Cleveland in June. He managed to hit 27 home runs that year but struck out a league leading 166 times. In 1979 he struck out 100 times in 358 at bats, then struck out 52 times in 178 at bats in 1980. He played briefly for Pittsburgh in 1981 and that was it.

My memories: His playing career is before my time, but I remember seeing him towards the beginning of the baseball encyclopedia, and being amazed by just how often he struck out.

Where he is now: Could not find. Anyone know where he is now?

Google Autocomplete results: He is third when you type Gary Ale, between Gary Alexander Karate, referring to the Martial Arts Hall of Famer, and Gary Alex DMD, a dentist in Huntington, NY. The baseball player is actually sixth on the first page when you google Gary Alexander, after pages for the karate champion and a Representative from the state of Washington.

Coming up next: The next profile will be Gerald Alexander.

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