After a season as a lefthanded pitcher - a rarity in the National Association - McMullen
switched to the outfield. A .248 hitter over four of his five NA seasons, he exploded
in 1874 to lead the circuit at .387.
FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»October 27, 1980: In a shocking announcement, Astros owner John McMullen fires president and GM Tal Smith, replacing him with Al Rosen, former GM of the Yankees. Smith will soon be named ML Executive of the Year. The move prompts a rebellion among the Astros 20 limited owners (who together own over 60 percent of the club), and on November 24th McMullen will give up his sole authority to run the club, accepting a position on the club's newly formed executive committee instead.