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Ted Simmons


#1 Draft Choice of STL in 1967
Holds Catcher Records in Hits (2,472) & Doubles (483)
All-Star 8 times (1972-74, 77-79, 81, 83)
Full Name: Ted Lyle Simmons
Bats: Both Throws: Right
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 200 lbs.
Born: Aug 09, 1949 in Highland Park, MI
Major League Debut: Sep 21, 1968

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CAREER STATISTICS - BATTING TOTALS

BATTING
YR
1968
1969
1970
1971
1972
1973
1974
1975
1976
1977
1978
1979
1980
1981
1982
1983
1984
1985
1986
1987
1988
TM
StL
StL
StL
StL
StL
StL
StL
StL
StL
StL
StL
StL
StL
Mil
Mil
Mil
Mil
Mil
Atl
Atl
Atl
LG
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
NL
NL
NL
POS
C
C
C
C
C
C
C
C
C
C
C
C
C
C
C
C
DH
DH
1B
1B
1B
G
2
5
82
133
152
161
152
157
150
150
152
123
145
100
137
153
132
143
76
73
78
AB
3
14
284
510
594
619
599
581
546
516
516
448
495
380
539
600
497
528
127
177
107
R
0
0
29
64
70
62
66
80
60
82
71
68
84
45
73
76
44
60
14
20
6
H
1
3
69
155
180
192
163
193
159
164
148
127
150
82
145
185
110
144
32
49
21
2B
0
0
8
32
36
36
33
32
35
25
40
22
33
13
29
39
23
28
5
8
6
3B
0
1
2
4
6
2
6
3
3
3
5
0
2
3
0
3
2
2
0
0
0
HR
0
0
3
7
16
13
20
18
5
21
22
26
21
14
23
13
4
12
4
4
2
RBI
0
3
24
77
96
91
103
100
75
95
80
87
98
61
97
108
52
76
25
30
11
TB
1
5
90
216
276
271
268
285
215
258
264
227
250
143
243
269
149
212
49
69
33
BB
1
1
37
36
29
61
47
63
73
79
77
61
59
23
32
41
30
57
12
21
15
IBB
0
0
5
3
8
15
8
16
19
25
17
22
13
2
5
6
3
9
5
5
2
Totals G
2456
AB
8680
R
1074
H
2472
2B
483
3B
47
HR
248
RBI
1389
TB
3793
BB
855
IBB
188


BATTING BASERUNNING PERCENTAGES
YR
1968
1969
1970
1971
1972
1973
1974
1975
1976
1977
1978
1979
1980
1981
1982
1983
1984
1985
1986
1987
1988
TM
StL
StL
StL
StL
StL
StL
StL
StL
StL
StL
StL
StL
StL
Mil
Mil
Mil
Mil
Mil
Atl
Atl
Atl
LG
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
NL
NL
NL
K
1
1
37
50
57
47
35
35
35
37
39
34
45
32
40
51
40
32
14
23
9
HBP
0
0
2
3
2
2
6
1
0
2
3
4
2
3
2
2
3
1
1
0
0
SH
0
0
0
4
1
1
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
1
0
1
1
0
0
0
SF
0
1
1
10
3
7
9
4
6
4
8
8
6
6
7
7
1
5
4
2
1
GDP
0
0
5
20
18
29
22
20
9
20
19
10
13
10
20
23
23
17
1
4
4
SB
0
0
2
1
1
2
0
1
0
2
1
0
1
0
0
4
3
1
1
1
0
CS
0
0
2
3
3
2
0
3
7
6
1
1
0
1
0
2
0
1
0
1
0
SB%
-.---
-.---
.500
.250
.250
.500
-.---
.250
.000
.250
.500
.000
1.000
.000
-.---
.667
1.000
.500
1.000
.500
-.---
AVG
.333
.214
.243
.304
.303
.310
.272
.332
.291
.318
.287
.283
.303
.216
.269
.308
.221
.273
.252
.277
.196
OBP
.500
.250
.333
.347
.336
.370
.327
.396
.371
.408
.377
.369
.375
.262
.309
.351
.269
.342
.313
.350
.293
SLG
.333
.357
.317
.424
.465
.438
.447
.491
.394
.500
.512
.507
.505

.376
.451
.448
.300
.402
.386
.390
.308
AB/HR
--.-
--.-
94.7
72.9
37.1
47.6
30.0
32.3
109.2
24.6
23.5
17.2
23.6
27.1
23.4
46.2
124.3
44.0
31.8
44.3
53.5
AB/K
3.0
14.0
7.7
10.2
10.4
13.2
17.1
16.6
15.6
13.9
13.2
13.2
11.0
11.9
13.5
11.8
12.4
16.5
9.1
7.7
11.9
Totals K
694
HBP
39
SH
11
SF
100
GDP
287
SB
21
CS
33
SB%
.389
BAVG
.285
OBP
.348
SLG
.437
AB/HR
35.0
AB/K
12.5


ALL-STAR STATISTICS - BATTING TOTALS

BATTING PERCENTAGES
YR
1972
1973
1974
1977
1978
1979
1981
1983
TM
StL
StL
StL
StL
StL
StL
Mil
Mil
LG
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
NL
AL
AL
G
0
1
0
1
1
0
1
1
AB
0
1
0
3
3
0
1
2
R
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
H
0
0
0
0
1
0
1
0
2B
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
3B
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
HR
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
RBI
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
TB
0
0
0
0
1
0
1
0
BB
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
K
0
1
0
0
1
0
0
0
SB
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
BAVG
-.---
.000
-.---
.000
.333
-.---
1.000
.000
SLG
-.---
.000
-.---
.000
.333
-.---
1.000
.000
AB/HR
--.-
--.-
--.-
--.-
--.-
--.-
--.-
--.-
AB/K
--.-
1.0
--.-
--.-
3.0
--.-
--.-
--.-
Totals G
5
AB
10
R
0
H
2
2B
0
3B
0
HR
0
RBI
1
TB
2
BB
0
K
2
SB
0
AVG
.200
SLG
.200
AB/HR
--.-
AB/K
5.0


DIVISION SERIES STATISTICS - BATTING TOTALS

BATTING PERCENTAGES
YR
1981
TM
Mil
LG
AL
G
5
AB
19
R
1
H
4
2B
1
3B
0
HR
1
RBI
4
TB
8
BB
2
K
2
SB
0
BAVG
.211
SLG
.421
AB/HR
19.0
AB/K
9.5
Totals G
5
AB
19
R
1
H
4
2B
1
3B
0
HR
1
RBI
4
TB
8
BB
2
K
2
SB
0
AVG
.211
SLG
.421
AB/HR
19.0
AB/K
9.5


LCS STATISTICS - BATTING TOTALS

BATTING PERCENTAGES
YR
1982
TM
Mil
LG
AL
G
5
AB
18
R
3
H
3
2B
0
3B
0
HR
0
RBI
1
TB
3
BB
1
K
4
SB
0
BAVG
.167
SLG
.167
AB/HR
--.-
AB/K
4.5
Totals G
5
AB
18
R
3
H
3
2B
0
3B
0
HR
0
RBI
1
TB
3
BB
1
K
4
SB
0
AVG
.167
SLG
.167
AB/HR
--.-
AB/K
4.5


WORLD SERIES STATISTICS - BATTING TOTALS

BATTING PERCENTAGES
YR
1982
TM
Mil
LG
AL
G
7
AB
23
R
2
H
4
2B
0
3B
0
HR
2
RBI
3
TB
10
BB
5
K
3
SB
0
BAVG
.174
SLG
.435
AB/HR
11.5
AB/K
7.7
Totals G
7
AB
23
R
2
H
4
2B
0
3B
0
HR
2
RBI
3
TB
10
BB
5
K
3
SB
0
AVG
.174
SLG
.435
AB/HR
11.5
AB/K
7.7


TEAM ABBREVIATION KEY
YEARS
1968-1980
1981-1985
1986-1988
TM
StL
Mil
Atl
LG
NL
AL
NL
TEAM NAME
St. Louis Cardinals
Milwaukee Brewers
Atlanta Braves
LEAGUE NAME
National League
American League
National League


One of the greatest hitting catchers of all time. Ranks in the top 5 for catchers in 8 categories and in the top 10 in nine. Holds major league records for catchers with 2,472 career hits and 483 doubles, while ranking 2nd with 1,389 RBI's and 7th with 248 home runs. Ranked in the top 5 in the National League in 6 categories during the 1970's and in the top 10 in eleven, including 4th in RBI's and 5th in OPS. Ted had three years with 100+ RBI's and 8 years with 90+. He had .500+ Slugging Average (SLG) 4 consecutive years (1977-1980). He had 6 years with .370+ On Base Average (OBA) with a high of .408 in 1977.

Simmons, selected as the #1 Draft Choice in 1967, became one of the Cardinals' most productive offensive catchers in team history. Ted made his major-league debut in 1969 and was the full-time catcher by 1971. In 11 full seasons with St. Louis, Simmons hit .300 or better six times and drove in 90 or more runs eight times. He was traded to Milwaukee after the 1980 season and in 1982 helped lead the Brewers to the World Series with 23 home runs and 97 RBI's. For his career, Simmons hit .285 with 248 home runs and 1,389 RBI's.


Tagged Simba for his long locks, he often played hurt and always played hard. Only average defensively, Simmons wreaked havoc on pitchers. Seven times he batted above .300, six times reached 20 HR, and eight times exceeded 90 RBI. He switch-hit home runs in a game three times and established the NL career record for home runs by a switch-hitter (182). Although not a threat to steal, Simmons had enough speed to amass 483 doubles.

Simmons had just turned 19 when he played his first games for the Cardinals. He was groomed to succeed the extremely popular and talented Tim McCarver. After annihilating minor league pitching with power and average for three seasons, Simmons became the regular St. Louis catcher for eleven years. He went to the Brewers for 1981 after feuding with manager Whitey Herzog.

Simmons helped the Brewers win the second-half AL East title in the strike-split season and hit a crucial two-run homer in Game Three of the division playoff as the Brewers staved off elimination. The following year Milwaukee went all the way to the World Series. As usual, Simmons hit for a poor average in the postseason, but he hit home runs in the first two games of the WS against his old team. His greatest clutch performance may have come in 1983, when he drove in 108 runs with only 13 HR.

He closed out his career in 1986-88 as a member of the Braves' utility men's self-dubbed Bomb Squad, playing first base, catcher, and third base, and serving as a valuable pinch hitter. In October 1988, Simmons was named director of player development for St. Louis by GM Dal Maxvill, a former teammate.