Saturday, 23 June 2018

94 - Gary Di Sarcina

Front photo: An easy throw to second base.

Back photo: Holding the mask.

Better photo?: I'm really wondering why he's got the mask, but none of the other catcher's gear. The puzzling back photo gets my vote, especially since I don't think he ever actually caught a MLB game.

Ties to my personal collections: Current bench coach for the Mets.

Paragraphs in wikipedia entry: 12

Wiki-facts: "A DiSarcina fly ball was caught by Texas Ranger Rusty Greer for the final out of Kenny Rogers' perfect game on July 28, 1994."

Google it: "I’ve learned real quickly in this game as a staff member, never doubt somebody when they say they’re injured."

How was his strike shortened 1994? .260 BA with 3 Hr and 33 RBI over 421 AB.

Birthday boy: November 19, 1967. Not too much in the sporting world, but CNN journalist Randi Kaye was born that date. TVB, the first wireless TV station in Hong Kong, also hit the air that day.

Up Next: Doug Drabek

Friday, 1 June 2018

93 - Rob Dibble

Front photo: The wind-up.

Back photo: And the pitch.

Better photo?: The angle for the photo on the front seems odd. Odd is good.

Ties to my personal collections: None.

Paragraphs in wikipedia entry: 14

Wiki-facts: "Dibble is one of 41 pitchers in Major League history to accomplish the nine-pitch/three-strikeout half-inning, a feat known as an immaculate inning."

Google it: The first video that comes up has him fighting in the clubhouse w/ Lou Piniella.
How was his strike shortened 1994? Did not pitch due to surgery.

Birthday boy: January 24, 1964. He shares it with former NFL running back Timmy Smith, who still has the record for most rushing yards in a Super Bowl with 204.

Up Next: Gary Di Sarcina (And yes, on the actual card it is spelled that way)