Ken Walters

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Kenneth Rogers Walters

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Ken Walters began his minor league career in 1952, with the Jamestown Falcons, in the Detroit Tigers organization. In 125 games, he hit .273 with 3 home runs and 32 doubles. He played with Jamestown in 1953 as well, hitting .320 with 13 home runs in 122 games.

Walters did not play in 1954 and 1955, while serving in the military during the Korean War, however in 1956 he played for the Augusta Tigers and Charleston Senators, hitting a combined .251 with 20 home runs in 124 games. For the Birmingham Barons in 1957, he hit .275 with 17 home runs in 138 games, and in 1958 he hit .255 with 8 home runs in 123 games for Charleston. He played for the Fort Worth Cats in 1959, hitting .291 with 21 home runs in 152 games. On December 5, 1959, he was traded by the Tigers to the Philadelphia Phillies with minor leaguers Alex Cosmidis and Ted Lepcio for Chico Fernandez and Ray Semproch.

On April 12, 1960, he made his big league debut. In his first game - against the Cincinnati Reds - he went 1 for 3, singling in his first big league at-bat.

He was purchased by the Cincinnati Reds from the Phillies on February 9, 1962. He spent all of that season in the minors, hitting .300 with 22 home runs, 43 doubles, 6 triples and 96 RBI in 152 games for the San Diego Padres.

Although his big league career was over after 1963, his minor league career continued until 1965. He played for the minor league San Diego Padres in both 1964 and 1965, hitting .263 with 16 home runs in the former season and .227 with 9 home runs in the latter.

In the minors, he hit .276 with 129 home runs and 233 doubles in 1195 games.

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