(c) Houston Astros

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Position: C      Born: Feb 1, 1944      Bats: Left      Throws: Right

A left-hitting catcher, the Florida native was claimed by the Astros from the Angels after the 1966 season. He made his debut with Houston the following season as a 23-year-old and hit .250 in 15 games that September. He won a job with the big club in 1968 and caught every frame of the 24-inning marathon against the Mets, going 1-for-9 (a double off Tom Seaver). However, he hit .145 in 27 games and was sent back to the minors.

Traded to Boston then claimed by Atlanta in the Rule V draft, King resurfaced with the Braves in 1970, holding a part-time role the next five years with the Braves, Rangers and Reds. Overall, he was a .214 hitter with 24 homers.