Happy Birthday Wally Joyner!!!
Wally Joyner turns 52 years old today.
Once looked upon as a baseball savior, Wally Joyner was a hitter that possessed the skills to excite baseball fans, young and old.
Blessed with a swing that was ‘picture perfect’, Joyner had the task of coming into the league as a 24-year old rookie and saving the California Angels franchise.
And while that job may have been to large a burden for any one player to tackle, especially a rookie, Joyner excelled immediately. As a rookie, Joyner made the All-Star team, finished in 2nd place for the Rookie of the Year voting, and finished in 8th place for the MVP award. He collected 172 hits, 100 RBI, scored 82 runs, and compiled a .290 batting average during that campaign; the most successful one of his career.
In total, Wally Joyner amassed 2,060 career hits. He retired after 16 big league seasons with a .289 batting average. Other notable stats from his career include 973 runs scored, 409 doubles, 204 home runs, and 1,106 RBI.
Avery solid career for someone with a world of pressure on his shoulders – Congratulations!!!
Happy Birthday Mr. Joyner!!