Saturday, May 21, 2016
RIP - Jim Ray Hart
Former Giants' slugger Jim Ray Hart passed away on May 19, 2016 at age 74.
Hart began his 11-year Giants' tenure in July 1963, and was the team's regular 3rd baseman in 1964-66. In 1964 he finished 2nd in the NL Rookie of the Year voting to the Phillies' Dick Allen, and made his lone All-Star team in 1966.
Jim was also a regular in 1967-68, splitting his time between 3rd base and left field. Hart was in and out of the Giants' lineup from 1969-73, while also spending parts of those seasons in triple-A.
He was the Giants' #3 slugger behind Willie Mays and Willie McCovey, with 5 consecutive seasons of 20+ homers:
Hart finished his MLB career with the Yankees in '73 and '74, then played in Mexico from 1974-76.
San Jose Mercury obituary
LA Times obituary