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Tommie Agee (1969)

Tommie Agee
Outfielder
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB Debut
September 14, 1962 for the Cleveland Indians
Final game
September 30, 1973 for the St. Louis Cardinals
Career Statistics
Batting Average     .255
Hits     999
Stolen bases     167
Teams
Career Highlights and Awards

Tommie Lee Agee (August 9,1942 in Magnolia, Alabama - January 22,2001 in New York City) was a center fielder most noted for making what were arguably two of the greatest catches in World Series history. Agee was the 1966 Rookie of the Year, a two-time All-Star, and a two-time Gold Glove Award winner, and he was inducted into the New York Mets Hall of Fame in 2002. His major league career spanned five teams: Cleveland Indians (1962-64), Chicago White Sox (1965-67), New York Mets (1968-72), Houston Astros (1973) and St. Louis Cardinals (1973).

Tommie Agee was a star at Grambling State University and was signed by the Indians for a $60,000 bonus. He made only a few token appearances for the team over the next few years before being traded to the White Sox before the 1966 season. That year, a solid season in which he had 98 runs, 84 runs batted in, and 44 stolen bases, earned him the Rookie of the Year award, a Gold Glove, and a trip to the 1966 All-Star game.

His follow-up performance the next year was not nearly as impressive, despite another all-star selection: on a team loaded with pitching and short on offense (no regular batted over .250), he batted .234 with 14 home runs and 52 RBIs. The team's lack of offense possibly cost the White Sox the American League pennant; they had battled with the Detroit Tigers, Minnesota Twins and Boston Red Sox (the eventual AL champions) until the final week of the season. At the end of the season, Agee and Al Weis were traded to the New York Mets in a six-player deal, with four players (one of whom was Tommy Davis) going to the White Sox. The trade re-united Agee with childhood friend Cleon Jones.

Agee's first season in New York (1968) was also a disaster: he was beaned by the very first pitch he saw in spring training and went 0-34 at the beginning of the season on his way to a .217 batting average and only 17 RBIs.

The 1969 Mets were known as the "Miracle Mets" for their turnaround in the National League, and Agee's personal turnaround played a big part. On April 10, 1969 he hit a tremendous home run halfway up in the left field upper deck at Shea Stadium which still is today the highest hit part in Shea Stadium. He was commemorated by painting a large circle where he hit his home run stating his name, number, and the date he hit his home run. That season, he scored 97 runs and played brilliant defense, leading to a second Gold Glove. In the 1969 World Series, he was instrumental in the Mets' victory in Game 3, in which he hit a home run and made two incredible catches that saved five runs. The catches were on drives hit by Elrod Hendricks and Paul Blair. This game was the high point of his career, though he was productive over the next two years and stitched together both 20-game hitting streak and a 19-game hitting streak in 1970. After retirement, he operated the Outfielder's Lounge near Shea Stadium. In 2001, Tommie Agee died of a heart attack at age 58. Tommy Agee was postumously inducted into the New York Mets Hall of Fame in 2002.

YEAR TEAM        AGE    G    AB    R    H  2B  3B  HR    HR%  RBI   BB   SO   SB  CS   AVG   SLG   OBA   OPS
1962 Indians      19    5    14    0    3   0   0   0   0.00    2    0    4    0   0  .214  .214  .214  .429 
1963 Indians      20   13    27    3    4   1   0   1   3.70    3    2    9    0   0  .148  .296  .207  .503 
1964 Indians      21   13    12    0    2   0   0   0   0.00    0    0    3    0   0  .167  .167  .167  .333 
1965 Whitesox     22   10    19    2    3   1   0   0   0.00    3    2    6    0   1  .158  .211  .238  .449 
1966 Whitesox     23  160   629   98  172  27   8  22   3.50   86   41  127   44  18  .273  .447  .326  .773 
1967 Whitesox     24  158   529   73  124  26   2  14   2.65   52   44  129   28  10  .234  .371  .302  .672 
1968 Mets         25  132   368   30   80  12   3   5   1.36   17   15  103   13   8  .217  .307  .255  .562 
1969 Mets         26  149   565   97  153  23   4  26   4.60   76   59  137   12   9  .271  .464  .342  .806 
1970 Mets         27  153   636  107  182  30   7  24   3.77   75   55  156   31  15  .286  .469  .344  .812 
1971 Mets         28  113   425   58  121  19   0  14   3.29   50   50   84   28   6  .285  .428  .362  .790 
1972 Mets         29  114   422   52   96  23   0  13   3.08   47   53   92    8   9  .227  .374  .317  .692 
1973 Astros       30   83   204   30   48   5   2   8   3.92   15   16   55    2   5  .235  .397  .294  .691 
     Cardinals    30   26    62    8   11   3   1   3   4.84    7    5   13    1   0  .177  .403  .239  .642 
     TOTALS           109   266   38   59   8   3  11   4.14   22   21   68    3   5  .222  .398  .281  .680 
     TOTALS          1129  3912  558  999 170  27 130   3.32  433  342  918  167  81  .255  .412  .320  .732 
     LG AVERAGE            3954  480 1011 157  30  94   2.39  447  386  614   58  35  .256  .382  .324  .706 
     POS AVERAGE           4019  541 1076 170  39  97   2.40  446  370  647  101  53  .268  .401  .331  .733 
YEAR TEAM           RC RCAA RCAP   OWP   RC/G   TB  EBH   ISO   SEC   BPA IBB HBP SAC  SF GIDP OUTS    PA POS
1962 Indians         1   -1   -1  .230   2.45    3    0  .000  .000  .214   0   0   0   0   0    11    14  LF
1963 Indians         1   -3   -3  .079   1.13    8    2  .148  .222  .310   0   0   0   0   1    24    29  RF
1964 Indians         0   -2   -2  .000   0.00    2    0  .000  .000  .167   0   0   0   0   0    10    12  RF
1965 Whitesox        1   -2   -2  .153   1.50    4    1  .053  .105  .190   1   0   0   0   1    18    21  RF
1966 Whitesox       87   18    9  .599   4.69  281   57  .173  .280  .499   3  10   5   4  17   501   689  CF
1967 Whitesox       58    1    3  .508   3.63  196   42  .136  .253  .432   5   8   1   2  14   432   584  CF
1968 Mets           26  -17  -25  .278   2.28  113   20  .090  .144  .332   3   4   3   1   8   308   391  CF
1969 Mets           90   21   12  .611   5.60  262   53  .193  .303  .512   2   3   6   2   5   434   635  CF
1970 Mets          100   10    2  .544   5.59  298   61  .182  .294  .518   3   2   1   2  11   483   696  CF
1971 Mets           68   19   16  .641   5.61  182   33  .144  .313  .510   2   2   4   1  12   327   482  CF
1972 Mets           46   -7  -10  .432   3.48  158   36  .147  .270  .407   6   4   1   3  18   357   483  CF
1973 Astros         21   -5  -10  .399   3.44   81   15  .162  .225  .412   1   1   0   0   4   165   221  LF
     Cardinals       3   -6   -6  .121   1.37   25    7  .226  .323  .343   0   0   0   0   8    59    67  CF
     TOTALS         24  -11  -16  .332   2.89  106   22  .177  .248  .396   1   1   0   0  12   224   288 
     TOTALS        502   26  -17  .519   4.33 1613  327  .157  .266  .459  26  34  21  15  99  3129  4324 
     LG AVERAGE    495    0    0  .500   4.27 1510  280  .126  .230  .423  47  25  34  29  88  3129  4429 
     POS AVERAGE   540   44    0  .533   4.66 1613  305  .134  .238  .446  37  26  31  27  75  3129  4472 

TOMMIE AGEE LEAGUE LEADERSHIP RANKINGS

1966 AL GAMES T6TH 160; AT BATS 2ND 629; RUNS T3RD 98; HITS 4TH 172; SINGLES T6TH 115; DOUBLES T10TH 27; TRIPLES T4TH 8; STRIKEOUTS 3RD 127; STOLEN BASES 3RD 44; CAUGHT STEALING 2ND 18; RUNS CREATED T9TH 87; TOTAL BASES 5TH 281; EXTRA BASE HITS T7TH 57; HIT BY PITCHES T2ND 10; GIDP T6TH 17; PLATE APPEARANCES 4TH 689; OUTS 3RD 501

1967 AL GAMES T8TH 158; DOUBLES 8TH 26; STRIKEOUTS 3RD 129; STOLEN BASES 3RD 28; CAUGHT STEALING T4TH 10; HIT BY PITCHES T6TH 8

1968 NL STRIKEOUTS 9TH 103; CAUGHT STEALING T10TH 8; WORST RCAP 1ST -25;

1969 NL STRIKEOUTS 6TH 137; CAUGHT STEALING T9TH 9;

1970 NL AT BATS T5TH 636; RUNS T6TH 107; STRIKEOUTS 2ND 156; STOLEN BASES 6TH 31; CAUGHT STEALING T2ND 15; PLATE APPEARANCES 10TH 696; OUTS 4TH 483

1971 NL STOLEN BASES T4TH 28

1972 NL CAUGHT STEALING T8TH 9; GIDP T3RD 18

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Preceded by:
Curt Blefary
American League Rookie of the Year
1966
Succeeded by:
Rod Carew
Preceded by:
Alex Johnson
NL Comeback Player of the Year
1969
Succeeded by:
Jim Hickman
Preceded by:
Rico Carty
Major League Player of the Month
June, 1970
Succeeded by:
Bill Singer

TriviaEdit

  • Tommie Agee was the only player ever to hit a home run into the upper deck at Shea Stadium. A memorial was put near where the ball landed with Agee's number 20.

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