Thursday, November 11, 2010
TTM Success- Don Leppert
Don was nice enough to sign my TTM request, and answer the question in my letter about his playing career in only 22 days last fall. I asked him what it was like when he played for the O's and he said it was "Fantastic! So many Hall-o-Famers during my time-Mantle-Ted Williams-Bob Feller-Yogi Berra-Whitey Ford-Don Larsen-(Willie Mays in Spring Training)".
He played 40 games for the O's in 1955 and had 8 hits over 81 at-bats. There was actually another Don Leppert who played in the Majors from 1961-64. What's the likelihood that there would have been two big leauguers who played in the same time period with the same, seemingly unique, name? Crazy stuff.
Don was included in the 17 player trade (the largest in baseball history) between the Orioles & Yankees on December 17, 1954.
Thanks for signing Don!