Denis John Menke
(born July 21, 1940 in Algona, Iowa
, United States) is a former baseball infielder
who had a 13-year career from 1962 to 1974. He played for the Milwaukee Braves
(1962–1965), Atlanta Braves
(1966–1967), Houston Astros
(1968–1971, 1974) and Cincinnati Reds
(1972–1973), all of the National League
. He was elected to the National League All-Star
team in 1969 and 1970.
During his career, Menke hit 101 home runs and compiled a batting average of .250. In 1964, Menke hit 20 home runs, his single season best. In 1970, as a Houston Astro, he compiled a .304 batting average, the only time he hit over .300 as a major leaguer. In 1969, Menke and Houston outfielder Jim Wynn
hit grand slam home runs in the same inning.
Menke was a versatile player in the field. He played first, second, third base, shortstop, and 5 games as an outfielder. Menke complied a career fielding percentage of 969. He played his last major league game July 10, 1974 with the Houston Astros.
Menke started his coaching
career as a manager in 1977 with a Midwest League team in Burlington,Iowa(Burlington Bees/Milwaukee Brewers) winning the League Championship in a three game play-off against the Waterloo Indians at Waterloo, IA. The following year he
managed a Florida State League team the Dunedin Blue Jays
, with 59 wins and 89 losses. The next year... Read More