Leon Roberts

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Leon Kauffman Roberts

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Biographical Information[edit]

Leon Roberts holds the major league record for most home runs by a player born on January 22nd (78). In the middle of his MLB career, he tried out for the Houston Oilers of the NFL and made the team as an end and punter. He had planned to play only on Sundays and then full-time after the baseball season [1]. The Houston Astros found out his ruse and raised his salary to get him to quit football.

In 1989, Roberts played for the Winter Haven Super Sox of the Senior Professional Baseball Association and later replaced Ed Nottle as the club's manager. He hit .290 with 8 homers and 44 RBI in 65 games for the club. In 1990, he played for the San Bernardino Pride of the SPBA. He played in 25 games and was batting .300 with 3 home runs and 22 RBI when the league folded.

Roberts worked in the Atlanta Braves organization from 1992 to 1999 and was the Tampa Bay Devil Rays hitting coach in 1999 and 2000. From 2001 to 2006 he was the Cincinnati Reds' minor league hitting coordinator. In 2007 he was named coach of the Richmond Braves. From 2008 to 2011 he was the Braves hitting coordinator. Roberts moved to the Houston Astros' organization as coach of the Oklahoma City RedHawks in 2012-2014 and Fresno Grizzlies in 2015. Moving to the Kansas City Royals' organization, Roberts coached the Northwest Arkansas Naturals in 2017-2018.

Roberts' brother, Bill Roberts, was an outfielder in the Houston Astros chain.

Notable Achievements[edit]

  • 20-Home Run Seasons: 1 (1978)

Year-By-Year Minor League Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
1985 Nashville Sounds American Association 2-5 -- Detroit Tigers replaced Lee Walls (3-4) April 19/
replaced by Gordon Mackenzie (66-61) April 26
1986 Nashville Sounds American Association 68-74 6th Detroit Tigers
1987 Toledo Mud Hens International League 70-70 5th Detroit Tigers
1988 Fayetteville Generals South Atlantic League 62-73 10th Detroit Tigers
1989 Winter Haven Super Sox SPBA 12-20 8th Senior League replaced Bill Lee and Ed Nottle (17-23)
1992 Durham Bulls Carolina League 70-70 3rd Atlanta Braves
1993 Durham Bulls Carolina League 69-69 5th Atlanta Braves
1994 Macon Braves South Atlantic League 73-64 6th Atlanta Braves

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