Kenneth Francis Landreaux (born December 22, 1954 in Los Angeles, California) is a former center fielder in Major League Baseball.
After graduating from Dominguez High School in Compton, California, Landreaux was drafted by the Houston Astros in the 8th round, but chose to attend Arizona State University. While at Arizona State, he played in the 1975 and 1976 College World Series on teams that included future major leaguers Floyd Bannister, Chris Bando, and Bob Horner. He was then selected by the California Angels in the first round of the 1976 amateur draft. In 1979, the promising young Landreaux was traded with 3 other players by the Angels to the Minnesota Twins for Rod Carew.
In his Major League debut with the California Angels (September 11, 1977, against the Chicago White Sox), Landreaux threw out three base runners from the outfield.
In 1980 Landreaux set a Minnesota record with a 31-game hitting streak, the longest in the AL since Dom DiMaggio's 34 in 1949. He still holds the record for most consecutive games with a hit in Minnesota Twins history.
Landreaux was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers for three prospects (Mickey Hatcher and two minor leaguers) in 1981 where he remained, completing his professional baseball career in 1987. Landreaux is a cousin of former major league third baseman Enos Cabell.
Landreaux was a member of the 1981 World Series champion Los Angeles Dodgers, and caught the final out of the 1981 World Series, a fly ball to center field off the bat of Bob Watson.
Landreaux's best seasons were 1982 and 1983. Usually batting 2nd in the order, he combined with leadoff man Steve Sax to give the Dodgers two formidable "table setters." Landreaux hit over .280 and had at least 30 stolen bases in each of those seasons . He also hit a career high 17 home runs for the 1983 National League Western Division champion Dodgers.
Ken now spends his time teaching young baseballers how to play at the Urban Youth Academy in Compton, California.
- ^ "Ken Landreaux Outfield "KT"". NMSBaseball.com. Retrieved 2014-03-29.
- ^ a b "The Ballplayers - Ken Landreaux". BaseballLibrary.com. Retrieved 2009-03-13.
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