Hall of Fame, class of 2020
The St. Louis Cardinals selected Simmons 10th overall in the 1967 draft, and sent him to play with the Gulf Coast League Cardinals in Sarasota, Florida. In six games, he tore apart GCL pitching and was promoted to the Midwest League, where he played out the season as a member of the Cedar Rapids Cardinals. In 1968, he was assigned to the California League’s Modesto Reds, where he broke out in a big way and made his big league debut with St. Louis at the tail end of the season. He spent 1969 with the Triple-A Tulsa Oilers of the newly-reformed American Association, and then received another late-season cup of coffee with the Cards. He played a few more games in Tulsa in 1970, but by season’s end, he was entrenched in the National League.
Minor league teams that Ted Simmons played for en route to the majors:
- GCL Cardinals (Gulf Coast League)
- Cedar Rapids Cardinals (Midwest League)
- Modesto Reds (California League)
- Tulsa Oilers (American Association)