Former MLB outfielder Lock, 81, passes away

Former MLB outfielder Lock, 81, passes away

ARLINGTON -- Outfielder Don Lock, who was one of the few bright spots for the expansion Washington Senators before they moved to Texas, passed away Sunday according to the Wichita Eagle. He was 81.

Lock, who was a two-sport star at Wichita State University, was originally signed by the Yankees in 1958 and then traded to the Senators in '62. He ended up spending five seasons with the Senators before being traded to the Phillies in '67. His career ended with the Red Sox in '69.

His first full season in the big leagues for the Senators was in 1963, when he hit .252 with 27 home runs and 82 RBIs. The following year he hit .248 with 28 home runs and 80 RBIs. The Senators finished in last place in '63 and ninth in '64.

The Senators traded Lock to the Phillies for reliever Darold Knowles after the 1966 season.

Lock was originally from Kingman, Kan., and retired to that area after his career was over.

T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.