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Ruppert Jones
Center fielder
Born: March 12, 1955 (1955-03-12) (age 54)
Dallas, Texas
Batted: Left Threw: Left 
MLB debut
August 1, 1976 for the Kansas City Royals
Last MLB appearance
October 4, 1987 for the California Angels
Career statistics
Batting average     .250
Home runs     147
Runs batted in     579
Career highlights and awards

Ruppert Sanderson Jones (born March 12, 1955 in Dallas, Texas) is a former Major League Baseball outfielder who played for the Kansas City Royals, Seattle Mariners, New York Yankees, San Diego Padres, Detroit Tigers and California Angels. He also played one season in Japan for the Hanshin Tigers in 1988.

An All-Star in 1977 with the Seattle Mariners and 1982 with the San Diego Padres, Jones was the first player selected by Seattle in the 1976 MLB Expansion Draft. A left-handed hitter with good speed early in his career, Jones hit 24 home runs in Seattle's inaugural season.

Ruppert's finest season came in 1979 playing with a rejuvenated Seattle team that won eleven more games and scored 97 more runs than the previous year. With Bruce Bochte, Willie Horton and Dan Meyer teaming with Jones in the revamped Mariner lineup, Jones established career highs in runs (109), RBI (78), hits (166), triples (9) and stolen bases (33) while playing in every game.

Jones held the Mariners record for most runs scored in a season (109 in 1979) and he is tied for club records for runs and walks in a game. Against Detroit on May 16, 1978, he tied a major league record for most putouts by an outfielder in an extra-inning game with 12. As a member of the Angels in 1985, he hit 21 home runs in 389 at bats.

In his career, Jones batted .250 (1103-4415), with 147 home runs, 579 RBI, 252 runs, 215 doubles, 38 triples 143 stolen bases, a .416 slugging average, and 534 walks for a .330 on base percentage.

He was known as "Rooftop" Ruppert to fans of the 1984 World Series Champion Detroit Tigers due to his prodigious home run blasts off the third deck in right field at Tiger Stadium, some reaching the rooftop. On June 24 of that year, Jones cleared the right field roof with a shot off Milwaukee Brewers right-hander Tom Tellmann.


Personal life

Jones now lives in Rancho Bernardo, California, a suburb of San Diego, California.[1] He now works with for The Boon Group selling employee benefits to government contractors.[1] He has a daughter, and a son.[1]

See also


  1. ^ a b c Jim Moore (July 6, 2001). "'Roop!' still echoes in Mariners lore". The Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Retrieved March 9, 2010. 

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