Signed for a reported $65,000 bonus in 1963, Duncan hit for power, not average (46
HR, California League, 1966) and didn't win a job with the A's until they moved to
Oakland in 1968. Batting just .126 in 1969, and often on Marine reserve duty, Duncan
finally became a regular in 1971. After his military duty was over, Duncan grew his
hair down his back. Following a career-high 19 HR (batting .218) for the A's in 1972,
he was traded to Cleveland. After knee injuries forced his retirement, he became
a continually-employed ML pitching coach.
FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»June 17, 1967: A 9-hour and 5-minute doubleheader between the Tigers and Athletics is the longest ever. The first game includes a rain delay, and the 2nd goes 19 innings before a Dave Duncan home run wins it 6–5 for the A's. Detroit takes the opener 7–6.
»June 30, 1975: Baltimore C Dave Duncan ties the major-league record with four consecutive doubles during an 8–2 win over first-place Boston. Compounding the loss, Boston P Dick Pole suffers a broken cheek when he is hit by a line drive off the bat of 1B Tony Muser.