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Few players have brought as much hell-bent style to the diamond as the little second baseman who wore the colors of five ballclubs. Ron made his professional debut in the Milwaukee Braves Organization, but his big-league baptism came with the New York Mets in 1963, after he jumped from Class AA. Following four seasons with the Mets, Ron headed for California, spending the 1967 season with the Los Angeles Dodgers and three years with the San Francisco Giants. Then in December 1970 he was traded to the Montreal Expos where he spent the next four years. At the end of the 1974 season he was traded to the St. Louis Cardinals.

Hunt was quick to realize that he wasn't overwhelmed with talent, but compensated for the shortage by working feverishly, and it paid off in a 12 year career that produced a .273 batting average and a .347 on base percentage. He has also been part of the 1964 and 1966 All Star Team and received the Look Magazine All American Team Award.

Power was never a Hunt trademark, but he sure had a knack for getting on base in countless ways. In 1971 the magic number was 50. Hunt's body was hit 50 times by pitches, and when he finally took his bruised and battered frame into retirement, he'd been hit 243 times by opposing pitchers.

Some tidbits ...

* September 7th, 1963. The Reds Frank Robinson suffers a spike wound requiring 30 stitches when Mets 2B Ron Hunt lands on his left arm.

* February 13th, 1968. The Giants trade C Tom Haller and P Frank Kasheta to the Dodgers for infielders Ron Hunt and Nate Oliver. This is the first trade between the 2 clubs since 1956 when Jackie Robinson was sent to the Giants but retired instead.

* September 17th, 1968. Gaylord Perry hurls a no-hitter at Candlestick, as the Giants edge the Cards and Bob Gibson 1-0. Ron Hunt's solo HR backs Perry, who evens his record at 14-14.

* April 29th, 1969. San Francisco's hit-by-pitch specialist Ron Hunt ties the ML record when nailed 3 times by Cincinnati pitchers. A Bobby Bonds HR in the 13th seals it for San Francisco 4-3.

* August 5th, 1969. Consecutive HRs by Dave Marshall, Ron Hunt, and Bobby Bonds highlight the first of 2 San Francisco wins at Philadelphia. The Giants win game 2 5-3 to regain first place in the NL West by one-half game.

* September 29th, 1971. In the 6th inning of the Expos 6-5 win over the Cubs, Ron Hunt is hit by a Milt Pappas pitch. It is the 50th HBP for Hunt in 1971, setting a ML record.

Check out Baseball Digest's July 2000 interview with Ron to find out more interesting facts including his career stats. CLICK HERE

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