Big John Mayberry Turns 64 Today
A birthday shout out is in order today for John Mayberry, former Royals first basemen from 1972-1977. Taking a quick look back at some of his history, I had forgotten that he reached the major leagues at the age of 19. Also, for how deeply entrenched Mayberry is in the Kansas City history books, he left the club before he turned 29.
Mayberry’s finest years were with the Royals when he was twice named an All-Star, leading the league in .OBP in 1973, and walks in ’73 and ’75. After the 1977 season he’d be shipped to the Toronto Blue Jays after falling out of favor with then Royals manager Whitey Herzog.
He’d go on to play six more years in the major leagues, finishing a 15-year career with 255 home runs.
Mayberry would still be involved in baseball during retirement, and was inducted into the Royals Hall of Fame in 1996.
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