October 1, 2013 by Elizabeth Metz
First baseman and third baseman, 1973-1984. Inducted 2012.
Finishing third in Rookie of the Year voting his debut season despite never playing high school or college baseball, Driessen was known for a strong bat but a struggling glove. He was bumped from the starting lineup when Pete Rose moved to third base in 1975 to complete the legendary “Great Eight” lineup of the Big Red Machine. For two years, Driessen was a weapon off the bench. In the 1976 World Series, he served as the first designated hitter for a National League lineup. After Tony Perez was traded, Driessen returned to the starting lineup as a first baseman. He continued to be an offensive threat (hitting .300 with 54 extra base hits in 1977) and was considered an excellent defensive first baseman.