Claudell Washington

Called up to the majors at age nineteen, Washington played all three outfield positions in the 1974 World Series and was named to Topps all-rookie team in his third pro season. The Los Angeles native improved in 1975 (.308, 77 RBI, 40 stolen bases) but his batting average and stolen bases were career highs. He played for four teams in five seasons, hitting three home runs in a game in each league, before signing with Atlanta as a free agent for a surprisingly large contract in 1981. He achieved career highs in games, runs, and RBI in 1982 and spurred Atlanta to the playoffs as NL Player of the Month for September. Used exclusively as an outfielder or designated hitter, Washington did not achieve the promise of his youthful talent.

After having his best season in years as a platooned outfielder with the 1988 Yankees, Washington was allowed to sign with the Angels as a free agent. He had developed into a hustling player with a good attitude, perhaps a bit too late. His 1989 season was marred by injury.