Don Money : biography
Donald Wayne "Easy" Money (born June 7, 1947 in Washington, D.C., United States) is a retired major league baseball player. He currently serves as the special instructor of player development for the Milwaukee Brewers.
Money spent most of his career as a third baseman and was a four-time All-Star. Known as one of the best defensive third basemen of the era, he batted and threw right-handed. He played for the Philadelphia Phillies (1968–1972) and the Milwaukee Brewers (1973–1983). He briefly played for the Kintetsu Buffaloes in Japan for one month at the end of his career.
Money began his minor league coaching career as manager of the Class A Oneonta Tigers from 1987 to 1988. He became manager of the Class A Beloit Snappers in 1998. After seven years at Beloit, he moved up to the Brewers’ Double-A affiliate, the Huntsville Stars in 2005.. Huntsville Stars. Retrieved on 9 January 2007. In 2007, Money was named the Southern League’s Manager of the Year as voted upon by the league’s field managers, radio broadcasters, and print media. On May 14, 2008, he became the winningest manager in Stars’ history; Huntsville Stars. Retrieved on 14 May 2008. he finished the season with 275 victories. Nashville Sounds. Retrieved on 3 December 2008. Money managed the Nashville Sounds, Milwaukee’s Triple-A club, from 2009 to 2011. Following the 2011 season, he became Milwaukee’s special instructor of player development.Haudricourt, Tom. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. 22 September 2011. Retrieved on 22 September 2011.
Money was originally signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates as an amateur free agent in 1965. While still in the minors, the Pirates traded him in 1967 to the Philadelphia Phillies (with Harold Clem, Woodie Fryman and Bill Laxton) for Jim Bunning. Called up by the Phillies in 1968, he began his major league career as a shortstop, but was moved to third base when Larry Bowa was called up by the Phillies. After the 1972 season, he was traded to the Brewers to make room for Mike Schmidt.
Money’s most productive seasons were those in 1974, 1977, and 1978 while playing for the Milwaukee Brewers. In 1974, he set career-highs in hits (178), doubles (32), and at bats (629). He also had 19 stolen bases and made his first All-Star team. In 1977, he had career-highs in home runs (25), Runs batted in (83), slugging percentage (.470), and total bases (268). He also had 86 runs scored and made his third All-Star Game. In 1978, he had career-highs in batting average (.293), on-base percentage (.361), and sacrifice hits (14). He also had 7 hit by pitches, and made his fourth and final All-Star team.
With his best years behind him, Money finally made the post-season with the Milwaukee Brewers, losing in his only World Series to the St. Louis Cardinals in 1982. He had a .185 batting average in the post-season, and a .231 average in the World Series, picking up 2 playoff RBI all-time.
In a 16-season career, Money hit .261 with 176 home runs and 729 RBIs in 1,720 games. He had a lifetime on-base percentage of .328 and a .406 slugging percentage. He also had 80 career stolen bases with 798 runs. He had 1,623 hits in 6,215 at bats.
On April 10, 1971 he hit the first ever home run at Veterans Stadium.
On July 7, 1974, he set the major league record for errorless games at third base, with 78. He would go on to complete an 86-game streak with no errors in 257 chances. Milwaukee Brewers. Retrieved on 3 December 2008.
On April 10, 1976, Money hit a grand slam off Dave Pagan of the New York Yankees, only to see it taken back because the first base umpire had called time before the pitch was delivered. According to most accounts, the time out was only granted after the home run, when Yankees manager Billy Martin appealed to the umpire that he had discretely asked for time out.
After retiring from MLB, he contracted with the Kintetsu Buffaloes in the Japanese Professional League. Money had watched many games of the Yomiuri Giants and noted the large crowds and their beautiful stadium. Kintetsu had a dilapidated stadium, however, and rarely drew much of a crowd. The team put Money up in a cockroach-ridden apartment rather than a house in a tree-lined setting as he felt he had been promised . After one month Money packed up his family and moved back to his farm in Vineland, New Jersey.