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Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Meeting A Local Baseball Player - George Altman
Altman (b. 1933) played in the majors from 1959 to 1967 for the Cubs, Cardinals and Mets. He was born in Goldsboro and now lives near St. Louis. He was a 3-time All Star (he played in two All Star games in 1961); He hit a home run for the NL in the first 1961 All Star game that forced extra innings, and the NL would go on to win in 10 innings. He was the first player (and only left hander) to hit two home runs in the same game off of Sandy Koufax.
In his 9-year MLB career, he amassed 832 hits, 101 home runs and a career batting average of .269. He finished 14th in the NL MVP voting in 1961, a year he led the league with 12 triples.
He was really nice to us, and I enjoyed going to this event. I hope the Wayne County Public Library does something like this again next year. From what I gathered during the talk, they have done this quite a bit over the last few years, with several former big leaguers coming to town to talk.