July 28, 2020; San Francisco, California, USA; The logo for black lives matters on the pitcher’s mound before the game between the San Francisco Giants and the San Diego Padres at Oracle Park. Image: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports
Former No. 1 overall draft pick. 1 Mike Ivie, who played part of 11 major league seasons, has died. He is 70 years old.
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Ivie died Friday in North Augusta, SC According to Funeral Director Posey, Ivie died from ongoing health issues.
269 with 81 homers and 411 RBI in 857 games with the San Diego Padres (1971, 1974-77), San Francisco Giants (1978-81), Houston Astros (1981-82) and Detroit Tigers (1982-83)
In 1970, Ivie was drafted as a catcher by the Padres and was billed to become a future star. But Ivie ran into trouble throwing the ball back to the pitcher, hindering his development
He ended up starting just five games as catcher, four in 1971 and one in 1976. San Diego also tried it at third base before he ended up seeing most of his playing time at first base. His best season for the Padres was when he batted . 291 in 1976
Ivie was traded to the Giants prior to the 1978 season and hit four successful homers. He set a major league record that season with two successful grand slams.
In his sophomore year with San Francisco, he built a career high with 27 homers and 89 RBI.
Ivie’s major league career ended at the age of 30 when the Tigers let him go in 1983. Late in his career, Ivie said the pressure and high expectations took a toll on him.
–Field Level Media