Don Landrum

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1958 Topps

Donald Leroy Landrum

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Biographical Information[edit]

Outfielder Don Landrum was a left-handed hitter with good speed and was a solid performer in the high minors; he was in and out of the majors from 1957 to 1966. Most of his playing time in the late 1950s was with the Miami Marlins and Buffalo Bisons in the International League with the exception of a two-game stint with the Philadelphia Phillies in 1957.

He also had trials with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1960 and 1962 and was a .300 hitter for the Portland Beavers in 1961 and also with the Salt Lake City Bees in the Pacific Coast League in 1964. In between he had his best season in the majors hitting .286 as a semi-regular with the Chicago Cubs in 1962 after being traded from the Cardinals.

Four times in his big league days, Don broke up no-hitters with late-game base hits - against Sandy Koufax, Vern Law, Jim Maloney and Bob Friend. The Santa Rosa, CA-born Landrum was last with the San Francisco Giants in 1966, finishing up with a .234 average in eight National League campaigns. He was in the minors a total of ten seasons, where he appeared in 1,060 games and hit .283 with 60 homers.

Landrum later managed an office furniture business in Pittsburg, California, where he died on January 9, 2003, at age 66. His first Baseball Card appearance was in the 1958 Topps set.


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