4.10.05

Leon Durham

The most astonishing thing about Leon "Bull" Durham is how quickly he fell off the map. In 1987, at age 29, he had one of his best season with the Cubs, hitting a career high 27 homers and .273 AVG/.348 OBP/.513 SLG batting line. In 1988, Mike Grace took over his job at first base for the Cubs. Durham was traded to the Reds and his career derailed due to a drug problem. He hit .218 in 73 games that year and .56 (1 for 18) in 29 games with the Cards the following season. He disappeared from the Majors after that.

Durham was a left-handed hitter with a big swing who had trouble with the inside pitch. He had good speed at the start of his career and stole a career high 28 bases in 1982. He played three years in the outfield with the Cubs before replacing Bill Buckner at first in 1984. At his best, he was a .280 hitter piling up 20 homers, 30 doubles and 60 walks a year.

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