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Mickey Rivers

Mickey Rivers
Rivers in 2010.
Center fielder
Born: (1948-10-31) October 31, 1948
Miami, Florida
Batted: Left Threw: Left
MLB debut
August 4, 1970, for the California Angels
Last MLB appearance
September 30, 1984, for the Texas Rangers
MLB statistics
Batting average .295
Hits 1,660
Runs batted in 499
Career highlights and awards

John Milton "Mickey" Rivers (born October 31, 1948) is an American former baseball player who played in Major League Baseball from 1970 to 1984 for the California Angels, New York Yankees, and Texas Rangers. He was generally known as a speedy leadoff hitter who made contact and was an excellent center fielder, with a below-average throwing arm.


  • Biography 1
  • See also 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4


Originally signed by the Atlanta Braves, "Mick The Quick" began his big league career in 1970 with the Angels playing center field and third base, and stayed with them through the 1975 season. Rivers played part-time in his first few years, until becoming the starter in 1974. He led the league in triples both years and swiped a career-high 70 bases in 1975, tops in the American League.

Along with outfielder on The Sporting News AL All-Star team.

Rivers posted good numbers in his two other full seasons as a part of the "Bronx Zoo", including a .326 batting average in 1977, but was traded in the middle of the 1979 season to Texas. There he set the single-season record for hits by a Ranger with 210 in 1980, a mark since eclipsed by Michael Young. He concluded his career in 1984 with a .295 lifetime average, 267 stolen bases, 1,660 hits.

While Rivers played for them, the Yankees won the World Series in 1977 and 1978, both times against the Los Angeles Dodgers. They also won the 1976 pennant, but lost in the World Series to the Cincinnati Reds. Rivers posted a .308 average in his 29 postseason games.

Bill James ranked Mickey Rivers as the 59th greatest center fielder of all time.

Rivers was honored with many of his teammates from the 1977 World Series champion New York Yankees, in the Yankee Old Timers Game in 2007. In The Bronx Is Burning, the ESPN minseries based on the 1977 Yankees, he was portrayed by Leonard Robinson and portrayed as a person with financial problems. When Reggie Jackson once remarked to a reporter that he had an IQ of 160, Rivers responded, "Out of what, a thousand?".

Since his playing career ended, Rivers has trained racehorses in his native Florida.

His son, Mickey Rivers Jr. played minor league baseball in the Rangers organization, and his daughter Rhonda is a teacher in the Houston area.

See also


External links

  • Official website
  • Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference

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