In Memory of Don Buddin

Former Red Sox SS Don Buddin Dies
Associated Press
July 5, 2011

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OLANTA, S.C. (AP) - Former Boston Red Sox shortstop Don Buddin has died at age 77.

Kelton Floyd of Floyd Funeral Home in Olanta says Buddin died June 30.

He signed with the Red Sox organization in 1952 and reached the Major League club four years later. Buddin spent five seasons with Boston before moving to the Houston Colt 45s and Detroit Tigers in 1962. He hit a career best 12 homers in 1958 and had his career high in RBIs with 53 a season later.

Buddin wasn't always the most sure handed in the field, leading the American League in errors by shortstops with 31 in 1958 and 35 the next season.

He was born in Olanta, but had lived in Greenville the past 36 years.