Al Bumbry is a former Baltimore Orioles centerfielder who spent 13 seasons patrolling Memorial Stadium’s outfield for the O’s from 1972 to 1984 and who remains a fan favorite to this day as evidenced by his induction into the Orioles Hall of Fame. Bumbry was selected in the 11th round of the 1968 amateur draft by the Orioles out of Virginia State University after playing just one year of collegiate-level baseball. While at Virginia State on a basketball scholarship Bumbry enrolled in the ROTC to ensure he could finish his education before being drafted in to the Vietnam War.
From July of 1969 through June of 1971 Lieutenant Bumbry served as an Army Platoon Leader in Vietnam and following his service time he was awarded a Bronze Star. Bumbry is one of only 10 players in major league history to have served in the Vietnam War. After returning from overseas Bumbry quickly advanced through the Orioles minor league ranks and then burst onto the major league scene in 1973 when he won American League Rookie of the Year honors after batting .337 with a league-leading 11 triples. Bumbry turned in his finest professional season in 1980 when he appeared in 160 games, became the first Orioles player to collect 200 hits in a season, including 29 doubles, and was named to the A.L. All-Star Team.
In 1983 Bumbry was the Orioles everyday center fielder when the team won its first World Series title since 1970. After spending the 1985 season with the San Diego Padres Bumbry retired with 1,422 hits, 254 stolen bases and a lifetime .281 batting average. In 1987 Bumbry became the 15th player inducted into the Orioles Hall of Fame. Bumbry went on to serve as a first base coach for the Boston Red Sox (1988 to 1993), Orioles (1995) and Cleveland Indians (1998, 2002) following his playing career. His son, Steve Bumbry, was selected by the Orioles in the 12th round of the 2009 FirstYear Player Draft.
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