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Tommie Lee Agee
Born: Aug. 9, 1942 in Magnolia, Ala.
Died: Jan. 22, 2001
Debut: 1962 | Pos: OF
H: 5’11” | W: 195 | B: R | T: R


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Tommie Agee, credited with two of the greatest catches in World Series history, died on Jan. 22, 2001 from an apparent heart attack.

Agee’s major league career spanned 12 seasons, playing for Cleveland, the Chicago White Sox, the New York Mets, Houston and St. Louis. He, however, is best remembered for his performance in Game 3 of the 1969 World Series. 

Agee led off the bottom of the first inning with a home run off Jim Palmer. He made a memorable catch in the fourth inning with two men on to preserve a 3-0 Mets’ lead. Then, in the seventh inning, he made a sliding catch with two outs to end the inning. Agee was credited by many with saving 5 runs in the game and helping the New York Mets to win the World Series.

Tommie Agee finished his major league career with a .255 average, 130 home runs, 433 runs batted in and 167 stolen bases.

The New York Mets acquired Agee from the Chicago White Sox in 1967 in a trade for four players. Agee became the first player in Mets history to start consecutive seasons in centerfield. He was a Met for five seasons before being traded to Houston in 1972.

Agee’s best year came in 1966 when he hit .273 with 22 home runs and 86 runs batted in for the Chicago White Sox. His numbers earned him the AL Rookie of the Year honor.

In 1969, he hit .271 with 26 home runs and 76 RBIs for the Mets team that won the World Series.  The next season, he hit 24 home runs with 75 RBI.

In 1973, he finished up his career with Houston and St. Louis.