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Glancing Back, and Remembering Dave Nicholson

Dave Nicholson was a hard-swinging outfielder who was long on power but short on contact.

He blasted 35 home runs in the minor leagues in 1959 and debuted with the Baltimore Orioles in 1960, batting .186 in 54 games with five homes runs and 11 RBIs. He was traded in 1963 with Ron Hansen, Pete Ward and Hoyt Wilhelm to the Chicago White Sox for Luis Aparicio and Al Smith.

Dave Nicholson had his best major league season in 1963 with the Chicago White Sox. He hit 22 home runs with 70 RBIs, but also set a record with 175 strikeouts.

Nicholson had his best season in 1963 for the White Sox, posting a batting average of .229 while slugging 22 home runs with 70 runs batted in. He also set a major league record that season with 175 strikeouts. His inability to get hits – other than the occasional tape-measure home run – limited his playing time, even for the run-starved White Sox of the mid-1960s.

Nicholson hit 13 home runs in 1964 and only two in 1965. He was traded to the Houston Astros, where he hit 10 home runs in 1966, and then was part of the trade to the Atlanta Braves that brought Eddie Mathews to Houston.

Nicholson played in 10 games for Atlanta and then was sent to the minors, never to return to the major leagues. He finished his seven-season major league career with a .212 batting average and 61 home runs.

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