Larry Eugene Hisle (born May 5, 1947) is a former outfielder in Major League Baseball (MLB) who played with the Philadelphia Phillies (1968–71), Minnesota Twins (1973–77) and Milwaukee Brewers (1978–82). He batted and threw right-handed.
|Born: May 5, 1947|
|April 10, 1968, for the Philadelphia Phillies|
|Last MLB appearance|
|May 6, 1982, for the Milwaukee Brewers|
|Runs batted in||674|
|Career highlights and awards|
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In a 14-season career, Hisle posted a .273 batting average with 166 home runs and 674 RBI in 1197 games played. He led the American League in RBIs in 1977 with 119 which was 4 more than runner up Bobby Bonds. His best seasons were 1977 (.302 BA, 28 HR, 119 RBI) and 1978 (.290 BA, 34 HR, 115 RBI).
In a spring training game for the Minnesota Twins on March 6, 1973, Hisle was MLB's first designated hitter; in five at bats, he hit two home runs (one of them a grand slam) and had seven RBIs. A month later, Ron Blomberg of the New York Yankees would become the first DH in a regular-season game.
A torn rotator cuff suffered in 1979 limited Hisle's playing time for the remainder of his career.
Hisle was the hitting coach for the Toronto Blue Jays from 1992 through 1995, helping them to World Series titles in 1992 and 1993. Under his coaching in 1993, Toronto players John Olerud, former Brewer teammate Paul Molitor, and Roberto Alomar finished 1-2-3 in the American League in batting average.
As of 2013, Hisle is employed with the Milwaukee Brewers as Manager of Youth Outreach, and is the president of Major League Mentoring in Milwaukee.
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