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PETE RUNNELS d.1991 SIGNED INDEX CARD,Boston Red Soxs Hall Of Fame,Senators,Colt 45's
- 2×AL batting champion(1960, 1962)
- Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame
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James Edward "Pete" Runnels(January 28, 1928 – May 20, 1991) was an AmericanMajor League Baseballinfielderwho played for theWashington Senators(1951–57),Boston Red Sox(1958–62) andHouston Colt .45s(1963–64). Runnels won twoAmerican Leaguebatting averagechampionships while a member of the Red Sox.
Major League playing and coaching career
Born inLufkin, Texas, the 6ft (1.8m), 170lb (77kg) Runnels batted left-handed and threw right-handed. A master at handling the bat, he was a notorioussingleshitter who had one of the best eyes in the game, compiling an outstanding 1.35walk-to-strikeout ratio(844-to-627). Altogether, hebattedover .300 six times, once with the Senators, five with the Red Sox. Despite winning the batting title in 1960, he drove in just 35 runs, a record low for a batting title winner.
Solid and versatile with the glove, Runnels started as ashortstopwith the Senators, but ultimately played 644 games atfirst base, 642 atsecond, 463 at shortstop, and 49 atthird. Twice he led theAmerican Leagueinfielding percentage, at second base in 1960 (.986), and at first base in 1961 (.995). He was not a good base stealer: in 1952 he set the record for most attempted steals with no successes, at 10. In his career he stole 37 bases and was caught 51 times.
In five seasons with Boston, Runnels never hit less than .314 (1959), winning twobattingcrowns in1960(.320) and1962(.326), and just missed the 1958 American League Batting Crown by six points to his teammateTed Williamson the final day of the1958season (.328 to .322). On August 30, 1960, in a double-header against theTigers, Runnels hit 6-for-7 in the first game (including a game-winningRBI–doublein the 15th inning) and 3-for-4 in the second, tying a Major League record for hits in a double-header (9). In 1962, Runnels played in his third All-Star Game for the American League and hit a home run off thePhiladelphia Phillies'Art Mahaffey.He went on to win the American League batting title that year. But after the season, Runnels was traded to theHouston Colt .45s(forerunners of theAstros) in exchange for outfielderRomán Mejías.Runnels was released by Houston early in the1964season.
Runnels was a career .291 hitter (1854-for-6373) with 49 home runs, 630 RBI, 876runs, 282 doubles, 64triples, 37stolen bases, and a .375on-base percentagein 1799 games. He was selected anAll-Starin 1959, 1960 and 1962. He alsocoachedfor the Red Sox in 1965–1966, serving as an interimmanagerfor the last 16 games of the1966season. Under Runnels, the Sox played .500 baseball and escaped last place by one-half game. However, he was replaced byDick Williamsfor the1967 season.
After leaving Major League Baseball, Runnels returned to his native state and opened a sporting goods store inPasadena, Texas.He helped found and operate a co-ed camp,Camp ChampionsinMarble Falls, Texas, which is still in existence.
After suffering a stroke while golfing on May 17, 1991, Pete Runnels died three days later at Bayshore Hospital inPasadena, Texas. He was buried at Forest Park East Cemetery in Houston.
Runnels was inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in 1982.He was also inducted into theBoston Red Sox Hall of Famein November 2004.