Boots Day

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Charles Frederick Day

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Boots Day was the first ever batter at Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia on April 10, 1971. He and Rusty Staub had the highest batting averages on the Montreal Expos that year, a team during the second dead-ball era that hit .246.

He was primarily a centerfielder in the majors, getting 300+ at-bats twice.

Boots was a two-way player in the minors, pitching in 87 games. He had eleven seasons total in the minors, spending parts of five of them with Evansville, after the end of his major league career. In his best season as a pitcher, he had a 2.40 ERA in 14 appearances with Evansville in 1978, a year in which he also played outfield and first base. He had no pitching appearances in the majors.

Day began his coaching career in 1982 in the Detroit Tigers organization and later scouted for the Tigers, New York Yankees and Kansas City Royals. He has coached in the Royals, Cleveland Indians, St. Louis Cardinals, Arizona Diamondbacks and Washington Nationals farm systems.

His given name was "Charles Day", and he is not to be confused with contemporary minor leaguer Charles Day, who was playing in AAA at the same time as Boots was.

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