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Doug Flynn

Doug Flynn
Second baseman / Shortstop
Born: (1951-04-18) April 18, 1951 (age 63)
Lexington, Kentucky
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 9, 1975 for the Cincinnati Reds
Last MLB appearance
October 5, 1985 for the Detroit Tigers
Career statistics
Batting average .238
Hits 918
Runs batted in 284
Career highlights and awards
  • World Series champion (1975, 1976)
  • Gold Glove Award winner (1980)
  • Robert Douglas Flynn, Jr. (born April 18, 1951 in Lexington, Kentucky) is a former Major League Baseball infielder from 19751985.

    Early life

    Flynn grew up in Lexington, Kentucky, the son of Bobby Flynn, who played in the Brooklyn Dodgers' organization, and his wife, who also played fast-pitch softball for years. He attended Bryan Station High School where he starred in baseball, basketball and football, playing quarterback on a 12-1 team. He went to the University of Kentucky on a combination baseball-basketball scholarship and played on the basketball team as a freshman. He was on the baseball team, too, but got just nine at-bats and he said was “basically asked to leave.”[1]

    One day Flynn and some buddies went to a Cincinnati Reds tryout camp. Flynn made the cut, and after one more tryout camp and yet another audition at Riverfront Stadium, the Reds signed him as an amateur free agent in 1971.[2]

    Cincinnati Reds

    Flynn made his major league debut at age 23 on April 9, 1975 in a 4-3 Reds win over the Los Angeles Dodgers at Riverfront Stadium. He was an eighth-inning defensive replacement at shortstop, but did not bat.[3] Starting the following night in a 7-6 Reds win over the Dodgers, he notched his first career hit, a single off Rick Rhoden.[4]

    Flynn was part of the "Big Red Machine" team that won the 1975 and 1976 World Series. His only postseason appearance came as a defensive replacement in the 1976 National League Championship Series against the Philadelphia Phillies.[5]

    Primarily used as a utility infielder during the 1975 and 1976 seasons, he played 182 games and in each season totaled one home run and 20 runs batted in, with batting averages of .268 and .283, respectively.[6] In the 1977 season he played in 36 games for the Reds and batted .250 before being traded.[7]

    New York Mets

    Tom Seaver was in a contract dispute with New York Mets chairman M. Donald Grant when, on Wednesday, June 15, 1977 Grant traded Seaver to the Cincinnati Reds for Pat Zachry, Steve Henderson, Dan Norman and Flynn.[8] In 90 games and 300 plate appearances for the Mets that season, Flynn hit only .191 with seven extra-base hits.

    His role with the Mets became more defined when Félix Millán retired following the 1977 season. Flynn assumed the job of their everyday second baseman for the 1978 season, playing in 156 games and batting .237, and for the 1979 season playing 157 games and batting .243. He won the National League Gold Glove Award at second base for the Mets in 1980.

    On August 5, 1980, Flynn tied a Mets record by hitting three triples in one game in a 11–5 loss to the Expos in Montreal.[9]

    Following the 1981 season, he was traded to the Texas Rangers with Dan Boitano for Jim Kern (who was then packaged with Greg Harris and Alex Trevino for George Foster from the Cincinnati Reds).

    Rangers, Expos & Tigers

    With the Rangers, Flynn reassumed the back-up middle infielder role he had in his early career. Midway through the 1982 season, the Montreal Expos purchased Flynn's contract from Texas, and used him in this role through June 11, 1985, when he was released. He signed with the Detroit Tigers for the remainder of that season, and retired from baseball when the Tigers released him in spring training the following season.

    Career statistics

    Games AB Runs Hits 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO Avg. Slg. Fld%
    1308 3853 288 918 115 39 7 284 20 20 151 320 .238 .294 .982

    Personal life

    After retirement from baseball, Flynn spent a couple of years working in the Mets minor league system. He then headed up the state of Kentucky's anti-drug program.

    He and his wife of 31 years, Olga (whom Flynn was set up with by Pete Rose, were married in February 1982 and they currently live in Lexington, Kentucky. Doug has been a banking officer for Central Bank, a locally owned, independent bank, since 1998.[10]

    In early 2010, he faced a bout with thyroid cancer. '"They took my thyroid out, and it did a little damage to my voice box, but I'm doing good," Flynn said later that year, his voice giving away little hint of what's happened.'[11]

    He still attends both New York Mets and Cincinnati Reds reunion events. When baseball went on strike in 1981, Flynn traveled a bit with the Oak Ridge Boys and sang on tour with them. He still loves to sing and pairs up with former Reds teammate Johnny Bench at their successful golf tournament every year on cabaret night.[12]


    External links

    • Career statistics and player information from The Baseball Cube
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