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Don Mincher

First baseman
Born: June 24, 1938 (1938-06-24) (age 71)
Huntsville, Alabama
Batted: Left Threw: Right 
MLB debut
April 18, 1960 for the Washington Senators
Last MLB appearance
October 4, 1972 for the Oakland Athletics
Career statistics
Batting average     .249
Home runs     200
Runs batted in     643
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Donald Ray Mincher (born June 24, 1938, in Huntsville, Alabama) is a former first baseman in Major League Baseball with a 13 year career from 1960 to 1972. He played for the original Washington Senators, Minnesota Twins, California Angels, Seattle Pilots, Oakland Athletics, the new Washington Senators, Texas Rangers and again the Oakland Athletics, all of the American League.

In a thirteen year career, he batted .249 with 200 home runs and 643 RBI. He had 1003 career hits in 4026 at bats.

On June 9, 1966, in a game against the Kansas City Athletics, Mincher contributed one of the Twins' AL-record five homers in one inning, (the 7th, hit by Rich Rollins, Zoilo Versalles, Tony Oliva, Don Mincher, and Harmon Killebrew). He is the only person to have played on both Senators teams and the Twins and Rangers. He was elected to the American League All-Star team twice (1967 and 1969).

Mincher served as the first president and general manager of the Huntsville Stars, the Double-A affiliate of the Oakland A's (1985-1998) and, later, the Milwaukee Brewers (1999-present). He served in this role from 1985 until 2001. In 1994, Mincher and a group of local investors purchased the team from Larry Schmittou to keep baseball in Huntsville.

In 2000, Mincher was named Interim President of the Southern League, where the Stars play, when league president Arnold Fielkow left for an executive position with the New Orleans Saints the National Football League. Mincher resigned from his position with the Stars when his group sold the team to Miles Prentice in early 2001. This cleared the way for the Southern League to remove the interim tag and they made him league president beginning with the 2001 season. He has served as league president since then.

Mincher continues to reside in his original hometown of Huntsville, Alabama. He was elected to the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame in 2008. Though he never played for the team, the Huntsville Stars retired his number 5 in an on-field ceremony on June 6, 2008.[1]

See also

References

  1. ^ "Stars Retire #5 in Honor of Mincher." Huntsville Stars. 6 June 2008. 11 June 2008.

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