This is usually the purview of my 1965 Topps blog, but today I present 10 Fun Facts about Ken Dixon:
-According to the card back, "his wide variety of hobbies include writing, playing basketball and drums". That is a wide variety! I wonder what he wrote. Maybe it was a script for a stage revival
-Ken was traded to the Seattle Mariners in 1987 for Mike Morgan, one of twenty-two transactions in Morgan's long career.
-He won his first career game on April 25, 1985, a complete-game, three-hit effort against the Indians.
-As a rookie, ranked in the top ten in the American League in fewest hits per nine innings (8.0, 7th) and most strikeouts per nine innings (6.0, 10th).
-He shares a birthday October 17) with former Baltimore Elite Giants and Dodgers infielder Jim "Junior" Gilliam and 19th-Century great Buck Ewing.
-Won a career-high 11 games (against 13 losses) in 1986, and improved to seventh in strikeouts per nine innings (7.56).
-Held Don Baylor to two singles in 19 career at-bats with six strikeouts.
-Struck out thirteen White Sox batters on July 11, 1986.
-Ken's the only player in major league history born in Monroe, VA.
-There is a Camden Chat member named KenDixonFanClub. Is he a member of the fan club? Is he the president? Is he the entire fan club? Inquiring minds want to know.