Don Wilson Lock
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 2", Weight 202 lb.
- School University of Wichita
- High School Kingman (KS) High School
- Debut July 17, 1962
- Final Game October 1, 1969
- Born July 27, 1936 in Wichita, KS USA
- Died October 8, 2017 in Wichita, KS USA
His lifetime major league batting average of .238 seems modest, but it was the second dead-ball era and averages were low all over. Because he drew walks well and had some power, he was actually an above-average hitter. He was in the top ten in homers in the league twice while with the Washington Senators but also finished second in the league in strikeouts during those years. On July 2, 1966, Frank Howard, he, and Ken McMullen hit successive homers with two outs in the 6th inning.
He is the only major leaguer (through 2007) with the last name Lock, although there have been several named Locke.
Lock was originally signed by the New York Yankees, and Tales from the Yankee Dugout has a page on him, although Lock never appeared in a major league game with the Yankees. Humorously reacting during spring training to the possibility that the Yankees would cut him, he crossed off his name from his locker, barricaded himself inside, and "fired" at anyone who approached with his bat.
He had played baseball and basketball while at Wichita State University, earning all-conference in baseball in 1956 and 1957. He was inducted into the Kansas Baseball Hall of Fame in 1974.
He is mentioned briefly in the books Baseball in Wichita and The Washington Senators, 1901-71. Don Zimmer also mentions him as "one of the good young players" on the Senators in Zim: A Baseball Life.
- 20-Home Run Seasons: 2 (1963 & 1964)
Year-By-Year Minor League Managerial Record
|1971||Winston-Salem Red Sox||Carolina League||67-67||4th||Boston Red Sox|
|1972||Pawtucket Red Sox||Eastern League||61-79||7th||Boston Red Sox|
|1973||Wilson Pennants||Carolina League||34-53||6th||Co-op||Replaced Ray Hathaway (18-34) and Marshall Fox (0-1) on June 5|