Tuesday, October 20, 2009

1976 Topps #242 - Dan Meyer

  • Dan Meyer played for three teams from 1974-1985. He was drafted by the Detroit Tigers in 1972 and played in their system from 1972-1974. After batting .302 for AAA Evansville, Dan was called up at the end of the 1974 season. He batted .200 in 13 games for the Tigers at the end of the '74 season.
  • In 1975 Meyer split time between left field and first base. He batted .236 with 8 HR in 470 AB. Dan didn't play as much in 1976 (.252 with 2 HR in 294 AB) and was drafted by the Seattle Mariners in the expansion draft after the season.
  • Meyer had his best season for the Mariners in 1977. He batted .273 with 22 HR and 90 RBI in 159 games as the starting first baseman. Dan had a tough 1978 season. He got off to a poor start, didn't play from May 9 - June 9 and batted only .227 in 123 games.
  • Dan moved to third base for the 1979 season but didn't field his position very well. He made 19 errors at 3B and had a .936 fielding percentage (league average: .954). Meyer did bounce back offensively -- he batted .278 with 20 HR and 74 RBI in 144 games.
  • Meyer played LF in 1980. He hit only 11 home runs, but he batted .275 in 531 AB. Dan probably started the 1981 season with an injury. He made only pinch-hitting appearances until April 27. Meyer played in 83 games in the strike-shortened season and batted .262 with only three home runs. After the season he was traded to the Oakland A's for Rich Bordi.
  • In 1982 Meyer saw time at LF, RF, 1B, and DH. He batted .240 with 8 HR in 120 games. In 1983 Dan missed about five weeks from late July to early September. He played in 69 games and batted only .189 in 169 AB.
  • The A's sent Meyer to AAA Tacoma in 1984. He batted .293 in 124 games and was called back up to Oakland in September. Dan batted .318 in 22 at bats (mostly as a pinch hitter) for the A's in '84. Meyer started the 1985 season with the A's but was released in late May after going hitless in 13 at bats. He played in 51 games for AAA Nashville (in the Tigers' organization) but batted only .225. Dan didn't play in 1986. He made a comeback attempt in A ball in 1987 and went 3 for 12.
  • Liked to face: Fergie Jenkins (.300 with 3 HR in 40 AB); Moose Haas (.333 with 3 HR in 39 AB); Bert Blyleven (.361 in 36 AB)
  • Hated to face: Jim Slaton (.226 in 62 AB); Mike Torrez (.196 in 56 AB but homered 4 times); Jack Morris (.220 in 50 AB); Dennis Leonard (.171 in 41 AB)


  1. OK, I know that I'm a little crazy, but Meyer's card always reminded me of the "Dirty Harry" villain Scorpio.

    Here's a link to a picture

  2. My biggest memory of Dan Meyer was he was the Mariners representative in the Kellogg's 3D cards in 1978