OF 1960, 62-67 Orioles, White Sox , Astros, Braves
Signed by the Orioles for a reported $100,000 bonus in 1958, Nicholson hit with power
wherever he went, but became the easiest batter in major league history to strike
out, fanning once every 2.48 at-bats. He led the Northern League with 35 HR in 1959
and was rushed to Baltimore, where he struck out 55 times in just 113 trips in 1960.
Unsuccessful again in 1962, he was sent to the White Sox in a 1963 trade for Luis
Aparicio. He hit a team-leading 22 home runs in 1963, but struck out 175 times to
set a since-broken ML record. Platooned by the Astros in 1966, Nicholson batted a
career-high .246 before being traded to Atlanta and subsequently returning to the
|FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY|
|» January 14, 1963: The White Sox trade SS Luis Aparicio and OF Al Smith to the Orioles for P Hoyt Wilhelm, OF Dave Nicholson, 3B Pete Ward, and SS Ron Hansen.
» June 12, 1963:
The White Sox Dave Nicholson ties the major-league record with seven strikeouts in a doubleheader split with the Angels. Chicago wins 3–1, then loses 5–0.
» September 29, 1963:
Dave Nicholson suffers his 174th and 175th strikeouts, a ML record, as Washington beats Chicago 9–2.
» December 31, 1966: After 15 seasons with the Braves in three different cities, 3B Eddie Mathews is traded to the Astros, with P Arnie Umbach and a player to be named, for P Bob Bruce and OF Dave Nicholson.