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Danny Anderson Cater (born February 25, 1940 in Austin, Texasmarker) is a former Major League Baseball first baseman, third baseman, and outfielder. He was signed by the Philadelphia Phillies at the age of 18 on June 8, . He played for the Phillies (1964), Chicago White Sox (1965-1966), Kansas City Athletics (1966-1967), Oakland Athletics (1968-1969), New York Yankees (1970-1971), Boston Red Sox (1972-1974), and St. Louis Cardinals (1975).

Cater played twelve seasons in the major leagues, mostly as a regular. For the eight-year period from to , he averaged over 500 plate appearances per season. He was a good hitter who was tough to strike out,; however, he was slow afoot, so had a knack for grounding into double plays, finishing in the top ten in the league in that category six times in those eight years, including second in both and .

He finished second for the American League batting title in 1968 with a batting average of .290. It was "The Year of the Pitcher," and Carl Yastrzemski won the title with an average of .301, the lowest ever for a batting champion.

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Cater's career totals include 1,289 games played, 1,229 hits, 66 home runs, 519 RBI, and a lifetime batting average of .276.

Quotes

  • "Cater, by the way, has the reputation of being able to figure out his batting average to four decimal places on his way down to first base." -- Jim Bouton in Ball Four (June 30, 1969)


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