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2/3/08 This Day in Washington Baseball History...

The Continuing Attempt To Educate A Montreal Fan About DC Baseball History...

     Harry Wayne Comer was born on February 3, 1944 in Shenandoah, Virginia. 18 years later, the Washington Senators signed Wayne Comer, who had grown to 5'10'' and 175 lbs., to his first Major League contract.

     Traded to the Detroit Tigers for IF/OF Bobo Osborne before played for the Senators, Wayne Comer appeared in 52 games over two seasons in (1967-1978), collecting just 7 hits in  51 at bats with 1 triple, 1 HR, and 3 RBI's as a Tiger, appearing in 1 at bat in Detroit's '68 World Series win over the St. Louis Cardinals, and getting a single in his only Postseason appearance.

     The nascent Seattle Pilots selected Comer in the expansion draft of 1968, and Comer would play in 147 games in 1968, the most of his career, batting .245 in 481 AB's with 118 hits, 18 doubles, 1 triple, 15 HR's, 54 RBI's and 88 runs scored on the season.

     Comer would return to the team that originally signed him in a trade from the Milwaukee Brewers for IF/OF Hank Allen and IF Ron Theobald, that finally brought about Comer's debut as a Washington Senator on May 12, 1970. Comer would hit .233 in his one season in DC, and collect 30 hits, 4 doubles, 8 RBI's and 4 steals in 77 games as a Senator.

     In 1972 the Detroit Tigers purchased Comer's contract from the Senators and he finished his career that season with just one hit in 9 at bats over 27 games, lowering his career batting average slightly to .229, with 22 doubles, 2 triples, 16 HR's and 67 RBI's in a 5-year MLB career.

*Wayne Comer Links*

Wayne Comer's career stats at baseball-reference.com:

http://www.baseball-reference.com/c/comerwa01.shtml

Wayne Comer's career stats at thebaseballcube.com:

http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/C/wayne-comer.shtml

wikipedia.org's profile of Shenandoah, Pennsylvania:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shenandoah,_Pennsylvania

wikipedia.org's profile of Wayne Comer:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wayne_Comer

Clarke Carmody's profile of Wayne Cormer at thebaseballlibrary.com:

http://www.baseballlibrary.com/ballplayers/player.php?name=Wayne_Comer_1944