Maxvill, whom sportswriter Bob Broeg called "the thin man" and "silhouette shadow,"
had great range and a rubber arm. He was the Cardinals' starting shortstop from 1966
until his trade to Oakland in August 1972. He retired with a .973 fielding average
at short, then the NL's best career mark. Never a threat at the plate, in 1970 he
set major league records for fewest hits (80), doubles (5), and total bases (89)
for 150 or more games, and in 1968 he established the World Series mark for futility,
going 0-for-22. However, on April 14, 1969, against the Expos, his grand slam was
the first ever hit in ML play in Canada. Maxvill was a coach for the A's, Mets, Braves,
and Cardinals before being named Cardinal GM in 1985.
FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»October 1, 1970: In a 9–5 loss to Pittsburgh, Dal Maxvill of the Cardinals completes the most impotent offensive season (minimum 150 games) in National League history, setting records for fewest at bats (399), hits (80), doubles (5), long hits (7), and lowest batting (.201) and slugging (.223) averages.