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George Lee Altman (born March 20, 1933 in Goldsboro, North Carolina) is a former Major League Baseball outfielder and Nippon Professional Baseball outfielder. He batted left-handed and threw right-handed.

George Altman
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Born: (1933-03-20) March 20, 1933 (age 86)
Goldsboro, North Carolina
Batted: Left Threw: Right
Professional debut
MLB: April 11, 1959, for the Chicago Cubs
NPB: 1968, for the Tokyo Orions
Last appearance
MLB: October 1, 1967, for the Chicago Cubs
NPB: 1975, for the Hanshin Tigers
MLB statistics
Batting average.269
Home runs101
Runs batted in403
NPB statistics
Batting average.309
Home runs205
Runs batted in656
Career highlights and awards

Altman's first professional baseball experience was with the Kansas City Monarchs of the Negro Leagues; he played three months for the team in 1955.[1]

Altman played for the Chicago Cubs (from 1959 to 1962, and from 1965 to 1967), St. Louis Cardinals (1963), and New York Mets (1964). In a nine-season MLB career, Altman had a .269 batting average with 101 home runs and 403 RBIs, in 991 games played.

He played professional baseball in Japan from 1968 through 1975, for the Lotte Orions and the Hanshin Tigers, where he had a .309 batting average with 205 home runs. Highlights from his NPB career included leading the Pacific League in hits (170), runs (84), and RBI (100) in 1968; and being named to the "Best Nine" Pacific League team in 1968, 1970, and 1971. He credited martial arts training for baseball success in Japan.[citation needed]

He is an alumnus of Tennessee State University[2] and currently resides in O'Fallon, Missouri.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "George Altman," Negro League Baseball Players Association. Accessed Oct. 7, 2017.
  2. ^ "NAIA Players in the Pros". The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. 2005-09-10. Retrieved 2008-09-02.

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Preceded by
Joey Jay
Major League Player of the Month
June, 1961
Succeeded by
Frank Robinson