Chuck Connors was born on Sunday, April 10, 1921, in Brooklyn, New York. Connors was 28 years old when he broke into the big leagues on May 1, 1949, with the Brooklyn Dodgers. His biographical data, year-by-year hitting stats, fielding stats, pitching stats (where applicable), career totals, uniform numbers, salary data and miscellaneous items-of-interest are presented by Baseball Almanac on this comprehensive Chuck Connors baseball stats page.
"Kevin Connors was called Chuck by the rest of the players. But I always called him Kevin because that was what I knew him as when I played against him in pro basketball a few years earlier. He was so good at mimicking other people that I told him, 'You should go into the movies, the stage, or the radio.' The next year he was sent down to Los Angeles and got his opportunity. I still watch the reruns of The Rifleman when they come on." - Frankie Baumholtz in Baseball Digest (September 1992, Art Ahrens, "Frankie Baumholtz: He Covered A Lot of Outfield Ground", Page 78)
Chuck Connors Autograph on a 1988 Pacific Legends Baseball Card (#71 | Checklist )
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Kevin Joseph Aloysius Connors was a Major League Baseball player for the Brooklyn Dodgers (1 Cup of Coffee in 1949 ) and Chicago Cubs ( 1951 ). Chuck, his nickname, played in the NBA for the Boston Celtics (1947-1948) before making the majors!
Chuck Connors | Boston Celtics Press Photograph | 1947
Did you know that Chuck Connors is one of only a dozen former Major League Baseball players who also played in the National Basketball Association (NBA)?
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Did you know that Chuck Connors was the first NBA player to shatter a backboard? Connors broke an improperly installed glass backboard before a home game in Boston, not during a dunk, but while he took a set shot during pregame warmups.
Did you know that Chuck Connors went by Kevin when he played in the NBA, was sometimes nicknamed Lefty, or Stretch in the Minors, but settled on Chuck as his nickname due to his fielding position (1b), "Chuck it to me baby."
Did you know that Chuck Connors made video game history in 1973? Connors appeared in the sci-fi classic Soylent Green , which was set in the year 2022, and during the film a Computer Space arcade game was seen in the film, the first video game ever seen in a motion picture.
Chuck Connors did not make the big league roster in 1952, and began the season with the Los Angeles Angels, the
top farm team. Connors played in 113 games, only hit .259, with 6 homers, and 51 RBIs, but was observed by an MGM casting director who signed Connors to play as a police captain in the film Pat and Mike. Connors never returned to the diamond as he appeared in 61 films, 79 television shows, and became the star of the ABC hit series (Number 4 in the Nielsen ratings during its first two seasons) The Rifleman (1958-1963).
Chuck Connors | The Rifleman | 1962 Dell Comic (#11) | Baseball Almanac Collection
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