In this ongoing series, in which I name the all-time starting lineup of players born in Virginia, we turn to the 3rd OF spot. Joining Chesapeake’s Michael Cuddyer and Covington’s Jim Lemon is a speedster player who stole over 200 bases in his career.
The 3rd OF spot goes to……Fredericksburg’s Al Bumbry.
Bumbry was called up the Orioles at the tail end of the 1972 season and from 1973-1984, he shined in Charm City. As an Oriole he batted .283 with 252 SB and 1403 career hits. In his first full season, Bumbry batted .337 with 34 SB and an AL-leading 11 triples to take home the AL Rookie of the Year award. From then on, he took off. He would be in the Top 10 in Stolen Bases 5 times and batting twice. In 1980 he batted .318 with a career high 44 SB and 205 hits (the only 200+ hit season of his career) and was elected to the AL all-star team starting lineup. In 1983, he won a World Series with the Orioles.
He left Baltimore after the 1984 season and played one year with the San Diego Padres before retiring.
On the Orioles franchise all-time lists, his 252 SB are 4th place, 1081 singles are 6th, and 772 runs are 9th.
Al Bumbry was inducted into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame in 2002.