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GRAIG NETTLES
Born: August 20, 1944 in San Diego, California
Player Career
Bat: Left Throw: Right Height: 6' 0" Weight: 180
First Game: September 6, 1967 ; Final Game: October 1, 1988
Awards and Achievements
Named AL League Championship Series Most Valuable Player (1981)
Named third baseman on The Sporting News AL All-Star Team (1975 and 1977 to 1978)
Won AL Gold Glove as third baseman (1977 to 1978)
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Graig Nettles This article was written by Joseph Wancho and is presented in part, courtesy of the Society for American Baseball Research He was blessed with cat-like reflexes, an accurate arm, and the ability to get his throws off quickly. His range at third base was as sweeping as a ten-foot leaf rake.   He broke into the big leagues in Minnesota, honed his craft in Cleveland, and finally burst into stardom under the bright lights of New York City. On a team of all-stars, New York Yankees third baseman Graig Nettles seemed to be taken for granted. He was a solid contributor, and did his job without much fanfare. Like many great defensive players, he wasn't noticed until he wasn't in the lineup. On October 13, 1978, the World Series moved to New York for Game Three. The Los Angeles Dodgers had taken a 2-0 lead over the Bombers.   But the Yankees were sending their ace, Ron Guidry, winner of 25 games that season, to the hill. Guidry pitched a complete game and held the Dodgers to one run. But he struggled to get the victory, walking seven and giving up eight hits. He needed help from his fielders, and Nettles provided it. With the Yankees clinging to a 2-1 lead in the top of the third inning, the Dodgers' Bill Russell was on first base with two out when Reggie Smith hit a smash down the third-base line. Nettles dived to his right, snagged the rocket, got to his feet, and threw Smith out at first base. In the fifth inning Smith came up with runners on first and second and two out. Again he hit a shot toward Nettles, who was only able to knock it down, holding Smith to a single and loading the bases.  Steve Garvey was the next batter and smoked one to Nettles. Graig made the play from his knees, backhanding the ball, spinning and throwing to second for the force out. The Dodgers loaded the bases again in the sixth inning. Davey Lopes was the victim this time, as Nettles again made the play, throwing to second for a force out to end the inning.
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