Carney Lansford is a kind of player I like a lot, a sub-Hall-of-Famer with just over 2,000 hits. Others along the same lines are Bill Madlock, Tony Taylor, Frank White, Cecil Cooper, Hal McRae, Garry Templeton, Don Baylor, Don Mattingly, Maury Wills, and Ken Griffey, for example. Before joining the A's, Lansford played with the Angels and Red Sox, and was with Boston when he led the AL in batting in 1981 with a .336 average. Lansford ended his career with the A's, playing through the 1992 season. I have a distinct memory of reading that he had a terrible snowmobile accident one offseason, in which he was nearly decapitated.
Carney Lansford card back.
Lansford finished second in the AL in batting average in 1989 with .336, behind Kirby Puckett with .339. Tony Gwynn in the NL also batted .336 in 1989. Lansford was fifth in on-base percentage with .398, and eighth in hits with 185.
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