Darnell Glenn Ford (born May 19, 1952) is a former professional baseball player. Nicknamed "Disco Dan", he played in the Major Leagues primarily as an outfielder from 1975 to 1985 for the Minnesota Twins, California Angels, and Baltimore Orioles. In 1,153 career games, Ford had a batting average of .270, 121 home runs and 566 runs batted in.
|Born: May 19, 1952|
Los Angeles, California
|April 12, 1975, for the Minnesota Twins|
|Last MLB appearance|
|May 31, 1985, for the Baltimore Orioles|
|Runs batted in||566|
|Career highlights and awards|
Ford went to John C. Fremont High School in Los Angeles, California. He served in the United States Army.
Ford was picked 18th overall in the 1970 Major League Baseball Draft by the Oakland Athletics. He spent four years in the minor league system for the Athletics before he was traded on October 23, 1974 to the Twins with Dennis Myers for Pat Bourque. For the next four seasons, Ford was a regular in the Twins' lineup. In his second season, he hit the first home run at the rebuilt Yankee Stadium on April 15, 1976. On August 10, 1979, Ford hit for the cycle for the Angels against the Seattle Mariners.
On December 4, 1978, Ford was traded to the Angels for Danny Goodwin and Ron Jackson. Three seasons later, he was traded to the Orioles for Doug DeCinces and Jeff Schneider. The Orioles had tried to trade for Ford previously, but were unable to after the Angels originally picked him up. Early in the Orioles' 1983 championship season, on May 19, Ford had homered in the eighth inning at Baltimore against Richard Dotson, as the only hit in a 1-0 defeat of the Chicago White Sox, whom the Orioles would eventually face in the 1983 American League Championship Series. Ford later hit a home run off Philadelphia Phillies' Steve Carlton for the Orioles in Game 3 of the 1983 World Series.
| Hitting for the cycle
August 10, 1979
The 1970 Oakland Athletics season involved the A's finishing second in the American League West with a record of 89 wins and 73 losses. In 1970, owner Charlie Finley officially changed the team name from the Athletics to the "A's". An "apostrophe-s" was added to the cap and uniform emblem to reflect that fact.1975 Minnesota Twins season
The 1975 Minnesota Twins finished 76–83, fourth in the American League West.1975 Oakland Athletics season
The Oakland Athletics' 1975 season involved the A's finishing first in the American League West with a record of 98 wins and 64 losses. They went on to play the Boston Red Sox in the 1975 American League Championship Series, losing in three straight games.1976 Minnesota Twins season
The 1976 Minnesota Twins finished 85–77, third in the American League West. Only 715,394 fans attended Twins games, the lowest total in the American League. It was the third year in a row that the Twins attracted the fewest fans in the AL.1978 Minnesota Twins season
The 1978 Minnesota Twins finished 73-89, fourth in the American League West.1979 American League Championship Series
The 1979 American League Championship Series was a best-of-five series that pitted the East Division champion Baltimore Orioles against the West Division champion California Angels, who were making their first postseason appearance. The Orioles won the Series three games to one and would go on to lose to the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 1979 World Series.
This was the only ALCS between 1971 and 1981 that did not feature either the Oakland Athletics or the Kansas City Royals.1979 California Angels season
The 1979 California Angels season involved the Angels finishing first in the American League West with a record of 88 wins and 74 losses. They went on to lose to the Baltimore Orioles in the 1979 American League Championship Series, three games to one.1979 Minnesota Twins season
The 1979 Minnesota Twins season was a season in American baseball. The team finished 82-80, fourth in the American League West.1980 California Angels season
The 1980 California Angels season involved the Angels finishing 6th in the American League West with a record of 65 wins and 95 losses.1982 Baltimore Orioles season
The 1982 Baltimore Orioles season was a season in American baseball. It involved the Orioles finishing 2nd in the American League East with a record of 94 wins and 68 losses. For the second consecutive season, the Orioles recorded the most grand slams in MLB, hitting eight in 1982.1983 Baltimore Orioles season
The 1983 Baltimore Orioles season was a season in American baseball. It involved the Orioles finishing 1st in the American League East with a record of 98 wins and 64 losses. The season culminated with the winning of the 1983 World Series over the Philadelphia Phillies.1983 World Series
The 1983 World Series matched the American League champion Baltimore Orioles against the National League champion Philadelphia Phillies, with the Orioles winning four games to one. "The I-95 Series", like the World Series two years later, also took its nickname from the interstate that the teams and fans traveled on, Interstate 95 in this case. This was the last World Series that Bowie Kuhn presided over as commissioner.
This is Baltimore's most recent World Series title, and also their most recent American League pennant.
This was the first World Series since 1956 in which the teams did not use air travel. Baltimore and Philadelphia are approximately 100 miles apart.1984 Baltimore Orioles season
The 1984 Baltimore Orioles season was a season in American baseball. It involved the Orioles finishing 5th in the American League East with a record of 85 wins and 77 losses.1986 Baltimore Orioles season
The 1986 Baltimore Orioles season was a season in American baseball. It involved the Orioles finishing 7th in the American League East with a record of 73 wins and 89 losses. On August 5th, the Orioles were in second place with a record of 59-47, just 2.5 games out of first place, but the Orioles would lose 42 of their final 56 games to finish in last place in the AL East.Malayan campaign
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The operation is notable for the Japanese use of bicycle infantry, which allowed troops to carry more equipment and swiftly move through thick jungle terrain. Royal Engineers, equipped with demolition charges, destroyed over a hundred bridges during the retreat, yet this did little to delay the Japanese. By the time the Japanese had captured Singapore, they had suffered 9,657 casualties; Allied losses totaled 145,703, including 15,703 casualties and 130,000 captured.Pat Bourque
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