First baseman Don Mincher, who represented the Seattle Pilots at the All-Star Game in their only season in 1969, died in Huntsville, Ala., on Sunday. He was 73.
Mincher, who hit .246 with 78 RBI with Seattle, was a pinch-hitter for pitcher Denny McLain in the All-Star Game at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C.
Mincher struck out against Hall of Famer Bob Gibson of the Cardinals to end the fourth inning.
Another Pilots player, outfielder Mike Hegan, was named to the All-Star team but sat out the game because of a pulled hamstring.
Mincher was selected to replace Hegan.
In his only other All-Star at-bat, Mincher, as a member of the California Angels, also pinch-hit against Gibson in 1967, hitting a single.
A left-handed power hitter, Mincher led the Pilots with 25 home runs. He hit .246 with 78 RBI.
The Pilots left Seattle after the 1969 season to become the Milwaukee Brewers.
In the 1972 World Series with the Oakland A’s, Mincher hit a game-tying, pinch-hit RBI single in the ninth inning of Game 4 against the Cincinnati Reds. Oakland went on to take the World Series in seven games.
Mincher played 13 seasons in the American League, hitting 200 home runs. He returned to his native Huntsville to serve as general manager of the Double-A Huntsville Stars from 1985-2001.
He was president of the Southern League from 2000 until he retired last year because of health issues.
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