Don Mincher

Don Mincher

Huntsville, Madison County, Alabama, USA
Death 4 Mar 2012 (aged 73)
Huntsville, Madison County, Alabama, USA
Burial Huntsville, Madison County, Alabama, USA
Plot Block MI, Lot 628, Space 10
Memorial ID 86252927 · View Source
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Major League Baseball Player. For thirteen seasons (1960 to 1972), he played at the first-base position with the Washington Senators/Minnesota Twins, California Angels, Seattle Pilots, Oakland Athletics and Texas Rangers. Born Donald Ray Mincher, he attended Butler High School (Alabama) prior to signing as an amateur free agent with the Chicago White Sox in 1956. He had an accomplished Minor League career before being traded to Washington at the approach of the 1960 season. He marked his Major League debut on April 18th, 1960 with the Senators and appeared in 27 games that year. After the team's relocation to Minnesota, he shared playing time at first-base with Vic Power and Bob Allison. In 1965, he succeeded Allison (who moved to left-field) as the everyday first-baseman and contributed to the Twins' squad which captured the American League Pennant. He compiled 3 hits which included 1 home run in seven games during the 1965 World Series. In 1967, he earned All-Star status and produced a career-high 133 hits with California that year. He was selected by Seattle during Major League Baseball's Expansion Draft of 1968 and was a member of the Pilots (later Milwaukee Brewers in 1970) in their inaugural year 1969. In addition, he received All-Star recognition during that year while with Seattle. He experienced a world championship as an Oakland Athletic in 1972 and recorded 1 hit during the 1972 World Series (the final hit of his career). During his years in the majors, Mincher topped 20 home runs five-times (1964, 1965, 1967, 1969 and 1970) and had the distinction of playing with both Washington Senators franchises. In 1,400 regular season games, he amassed 1,003 hits with a .249 lifetime batting average. Following his career as a player, he became proprietor of a sporting goods store in his native Huntsville, Alabama and returned to baseball, serving as broadcaster, general manager and part owner of the Huntsville Stars. In addition, he served as president of the Southern League for a decade.

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  • Originally Created by: C.S.
  • Added: 4 Mar 2012
  • Find a Grave Memorial 86252927
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Don Mincher (24 Jun 1938–4 Mar 2012), Find a Grave Memorial no. 86252927, citing Maple Hill Cemetery, Huntsville, Madison County, Alabama, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .