In considering how often in his 21-year career as a 2nd baseman, 3rd baseman and dangerous designated hitter he found himself hurt and on the disabled list, it would seem unlikely that Paul Molitor would go on to a Hall of Fame career. But despite all of the injuries, he did just that. As one of the best lead-off hitters and base runners in the game for the Milwaukee Brewers, Toronto Blue Jays and Minnesota Twins, “The Igniter” would amass 3319 hits, a lifetime .306 batting average and be named an All-Star 7 times. He would become the sixth player in history to have 3000 hits and 500 stolen bases. In 1987, he would put together a 39 game hitting streak. In 1996, he would become the second player to have over 200 hits in a season after the age of 40. He was a terrific postseason hitter and in 1993, he would be named World Series MVP while helping Toronto to the championship. In 1999, the Milwaukee Brewers retired his #4.
Molitor is a memorabilia collector, specializing in baseballs signed by Hall of Famers.
July 21, 2012