Leon Durham Stats

Leon Durham was born on Wednesday, July 31, 1957, in Cincinnati, Ohio. Durham was 22 years old when he broke into the big leagues on May 27, 1980, with the St. Louis Cardinals. 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 Leon Durham baseball stats page.

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"Leon Durham played for the Cubs from 1981 to 1988. He came to Chicago after the 1980 season along with third baseman Ken Reitz and infielder-outfielder Ty Waller from St. Louis for relief pitcher Bruce Sutter . Prior to the 1984 campaign, Durham tried two changes... with opposite results. During Spring Training that year, Durham switched from glasses to contact lenses. He had trouble with contacts, however, claiming that he 'wasn't really seeing what I should see.' Durham switched back to glasses, and felt more comfortable with them. 'I was very relaxed,' he says, 'and confident of what the pitchers were throwing at me.' Durham went on to clout 33 homers and knock in 99 runs that season. He wore glasses the rest of his career." Author Pete Cava in Tales from the Cubs Dugout (Sports Masters Publishing, 08/04/2000, Page 79)

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Leon "Bull" Durham Autograph on a 1988 Fleer (#420)

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Birth Name:
Leon Durham
Nickname:
Bull
Born On:
07-31-1957  (Leo)
Place of Birth Data Born In:
Cincinnati, Ohio
Year of Death Data Died On:
Still Living ( 500 Oldest Living )
Place of Death Data Died In:
Still Living
Cemetery:
n/a
High School:
Woodward High School (Cincinnati, OH)
College:
None Attended
Batting Stances Chart Bats:
Left
Throwing Arms Chart Throws:
Left
Player Height Chart Height:
6-02
Player Weight Chart Weight:
210
First Game:
05-27-1980 (Age 22)
Last Game:
09-17-1989
Draft:
1976 : 1st Round (15th)

Leon Durham

Leon Durham Pitching Stats

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Leon Durham

Leon Durham Hitting Stats

1980 23 Cardinals 96 303 42 82 15 4 8 1 42 18 1 55 3 5 1 3 .271 .309 .426
1981 24 Cubs 87 328 42 95 14 6 10 0 35 27 6 53 0 0 0 6 .290 .344 .460
1982 25 Cubs 148 539 84 168 33 7 22 0 90 66 14 77 0 2 2 11 .312 .388 .521
1983 26 Cubs 100 337 58 87 18 8 12 1 55 66 12 83 0 3 3 4 .258 .381 .466
1984 27 Cubs 137 473 86 132 30 4 23 0 96 69 11 86 0 5 1 8 .279 .369 .505
1985 28 Cubs 153 542 58 153 32 2 21 1 75 64 24 99 0 1 0 5 .282 .357 .465
1986 29 Cubs 141 484 66 127 18 7 20 0 65 67 16 98 0 5 1 6 .262 .350 .452
1987 30 Cubs 131 439 70 120 22 1 27 0 63 51 9 92 0 2 0 6 .273 .348 .513
1988 31 Cubs 24 73 10 16 6 1 3 0 6 9 2 20 0 0 0 0 .219 .305 .452
1988 31 Reds 21 51 4 11 3 0 1 0 2 5 1 12 0 0 0 0 .216 .286 .333
1989 32 Cardinals 29 18 2 1 1 0 0 0 1 2 0 4 0 1 1 0 .056 .182 .111
10 Years 1,067 3,587 522 992 192 40 147 3 530 444 96 679 3 24 9 49 .277 .356 .475

Leon Durham

Leon Durham Fielding Stats

1980 Cardinals 1B 8 4 156 53 6.6 52 44 8 1 6 n/a n/a n/a .981 9.00
1980 Cardinals CF 2 2 45 3 1.5 3 3 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.80
1980 Cardinals LF 34 30 750 48 1.4 48 46 2 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.73
1980 Cardinals RF 42 36 924 108 2.6 106 95 11 2 2 n/a n/a n/a .981 3.10
1981 Cubs 1B 3 1 54 16 5.3 16 16 0 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 8.00
1981 Cubs RF 83 83 2,163 165 2.0 161 158 3 4 1 n/a n/a n/a .976 2.01
1982 Cubs 1B 1 1 24 11 11.0 11 10 1 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 12.38
1982 Cubs CF 73 71 1,785 162 2.2 155 149 6 7 0 n/a n/a n/a .957 2.34
1982 Cubs RF 91 71 1,944 155 1.7 151 145 6 4 1 n/a n/a n/a .974 2.10
1983 Cubs 1B 6 5 93 37 6.2 37 35 2 0 2 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 10.74
1983 Cubs CF 40 40 1,008 96 2.4 94 93 1 2 0 n/a n/a n/a .979 2.52
1983 Cubs LF 51 50 1,305 77 1.5 72 71 1 5 0 n/a n/a n/a .935 1.49
1983 Cubs RF 4 2 69 4 1.0 4 4 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.57
1984 Cubs 1B 130 126 3,342 1,265 9.7 1,258 1,162 96 7 96 n/a n/a n/a .994 10.16
1985 Cubs 1B 151 144 3,816 1,535 10.2 1,528 1,421 107 7 121 n/a n/a n/a .995 10.81
1986 Cubs 1B 141 133 3,534 1,318 9.3 1,311 1,231 80 7 101 n/a n/a n/a .995 10.02
1987 Cubs 1B 123 114 3,012 1,117 9.1 1,106 1,049 57 11 90 n/a n/a n/a .990 9.91
1988 Cubs 1B 20 19 489 183 9.2 182 167 15 1 16 n/a n/a n/a .995 10.05
1988 Reds 1B 17 14 363 136 8.0 135 129 6 1 8 n/a n/a n/a .993 10.04
1989 Cardinals 1B 18 2 132 51 2.8 49 44 5 2 7 n/a n/a n/a .961 10.02
1B Totals 618 563 15,015 5,722 9.3 5,685 5,308 377 37 448 n/a n/a n/a .994 10.22
RF Totals 220 192 5,100 432 2.0 422 402 20 10 4 n/a n/a n/a .977 2.23
CF Totals 115 113 2,838 261 2.3 252 245 7 9 0 n/a n/a n/a .966 2.40
LF Totals 85 80 2,055 125 1.5 120 117 3 5 0 n/a n/a n/a .960 1.58
10 Years 1,038 948 25,008 6,540 6.3 6,479 6,072 407 61 452 n/a n/a n/a .991 7.00

Leon Durham

Leon Durham Miscellaneous Stats

1980 Cardinals 8 5 .615 18 2 n/a 37.9 5.5 7.2 - - -
1981 Cubs 25 11 .694 3 0 n/a 32.8 6.2 9.4 - - -
1982 Cubs 28 14 .667 5 0 n/a 24.5 7.0 6.0 - - -
1983 Cubs 12 6 .667 2 0 n/a 28.1 4.1 6.1 - - -
1984 Cubs 16 8 .667 10 0 n/a 20.6 5.5 4.9 - - -
1985 Cubs 7 6 .538 2 1 n/a 25.8 5.5 7.2 - - -
1986 Cubs 8 7 .533 3 2 n/a 24.2 4.9 7.4 - - -
1987 Cubs 2 2 .500 11 0 n/a 16.3 4.8 7.0 - - -
1988 Cubs 0 1 .000 5 0 n/a 24.3 3.7 12.2 - - -
1988 Reds 0 0 .000 5 0 n/a 51.0 4.3 25.5 - - -
1989 Cardinals 0 1 .000 12 5 n/a 0.0 4.5 18.0 - - -
10 Years 106 61 .635 76 10 n/a 24.4 5.3 6.8 - - -

Leon Durham

Leon Durham Miscellaneous Items of Interest

1980 St. Louis Cardinals 10 $30,000.00 - -
1981 Chicago Cubs 10 $32,500.00 - -
1982 Chicago Cubs 10 $33,500.00 Stats -
1983 Chicago Cubs 10 $300,000.00 Stats -
1984 Chicago Cubs 10 $500,000.00 - -
1985 Chicago Cubs 10 $800,000.00 - -
1986 Chicago Cubs 10 $983,333.00 - -
1987 Chicago Cubs 10 $1,183,333.00 - -
1988 Chicago Cubs 10 $1,383,333.00 - -
1988 Cincinnati Reds 10 "     " - -
1989 St. Louis Cardinals 16 $175,000.00 - -
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Did you know that Leon Durham hit .312 in 1982 , the third highest batting average in the National League ( Top 25 ), the highest by any outfielder in the NL (2nd: Pedro Guerrero .302, 3rd: Dale Murphy .281) earning Bull the Silver Slugger Award - the first Chicago Cubs ' player in team history to win a Silver Slugger at any position .

More than twenty Chicago Cubs have won a Silver Slugger Award , at several different positions, since Leon Durham, a left-handed hitter, but not one additional Cubbie lefty has won since Bull!

Leon Durham played in two All-Star Games ( 1982 & 1983 ), had four consecutive twenty home run seasons (1984-1987), and converted from outfield to first base where he had three seasons with a top-five fielding percentage; however, he is often remembered for an error he committed during Game 5 of the 1984 National League Championship Series , one later dubbed the "Gatorade Glove Play", and described in amazing detail by columnist Fred Mitchell of The Chicago Tribune (02/22/1985, Source ):

Leon Durham Error | 1984 NLCS ( Game 5 ) | MLB Properties, LLC

Durham's Glove Took Bath In Playoff Before Cubs Did

MESA, ARIZ. — Nearly four months after the Cubs lost the National League pennant to the San Diego Padres, a curious account of what went on in the Cubs' dugout before the fifth playoff game has spilled forth.

Here is the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the soggy truth of the matter that left Cub fans with an unquenched thirst for a World Series:

There are 10 minutes left before game time, the fifth and deciding contest of the League Championship Series at Jack Murphy Stadium. The winner will meet the Detroit Tigers in the World Series.

Ryne Sandberg , who would be named the league's Most Valuable Player a month later, fumbles around in the dugout for a swig of Gatorade. Sandberg , the two-time Gold Glove second baseman who committed only six errors all season, accidentally knocks over the ice cooler filled with Gatorade, soaking Leon Durham's first baseman's mitt.

Several Cub players and coaches watch in stunned amazement. Durham frantically clutches his glove with the tangy taste and asks coach Don Zimmer about this sticky situation, "What should I do, Zim ? Should I still use this glove or my other one?"

"I think you should go ahead and use that glove, anyway, Bull," Zimmer says. "It might bring you good luck."

Durham grabs a couple of towels and begins the process of trying to dry off his favorite glove. A hair dryer also is summoned from the clubhouse.

The game goes into the seventh inning with the Cubs leading 3-2 and Rick Sutcliffe on the mound. The Padres rally and Durham makes a pivotal error.

Pinch-hitter Tim Flannery's grounder crawls under the Bull's sweet-smelling glove for a two-base error. The Padres tie the game when Carmelo Martinez trots home from second. From that opening, the Padres go on to take a 6-3 lead with hits from Alan Wiggins , Tony Gwynn and Steve Garvey .

"The glove got heavy and sticky after the Gatorade spilled on it, but it didn't mess with the fingers on it," Durham said Thursday at the Cubs' training camp. He lost his salary arbitration hearing Wednesday, when the Cubs cited his error in the playoff game as a negative factor.

"I ain't going to put the blame on the glove or nothing," Durham said.

"It felt like it was about 100 degrees on the field by the seventh inning, so the glove dried out by then.

"But it is just strange, you know, the way things turned out. After the game was over and during the winter, I thought about it a lot. Especially about the part when Zimmer said it might bring me good luck to keep that same glove. That's kind of eerie."

"All I can remember is the Gatorade flowing all over everywhere and Bull trying to dry his glove off with towels," Zimmer said. "But we didn't get beat by that error. People make too big a deal about that error. He could have had three gloves on and he wasn't going to catch it. Sometimes, things just aren't meant to be."

Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Wrigley Field
Ferrie Bueller's Day Off | Paramount Pictures | Released: June 11, 1986
On June 5, 1985 , Leon Durham was playing first base, holding Paul Zuvella on the bag, in the top of the eleventh inning. Rafael Ramirez hit a two-run homer later in the inning, Braves won, 4-2. Why is this loss at Wrigley Field noteworthy? It was the game Ferris Bueller attended in the iconic, truly classic movie, Ferris Bueller's Day Off ( IMDB Trivia).

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