Wednesday, November 6, 2013
#101 Jim Bullinger
1. His younger brother Kirk pitched a total of 49 games from 1998-2000 and 2003-2004 with the Expos, Red Sox, Phillies, and Astros. The Bullingers never did face off in a big league game.
2. Jim had a 25-inning scoreless streak spanning from July 24 to August 11, 1995, helping boost him to a 12-8 record and 4.14 ERA at season's end.
3. In addition to homering in his first career at-bat as mentioned above, Bullinger went deep twice in 1996 and once in 1997. Incidentally, none of his home runs came at Wrigley Field.
11-Year-Old Kevin Says: Just looking at the Cubs' early-1990s road grays reminds me of "Rookie of the Year", perhaps the best movie ever made about a pre-pubescent baseball fan who breaks his arm and is miraculously able to throw MLB-caliber heat when it heals.
Bill James Said: "A year ago I thought he had little chance, but after a season as a Triple-A closer he was more aggressive, and his curve ball seemed sharper."
On This Date in 1993: November 6. Ed Sadowski, a backup catcher in the 1960s for the Red Sox, Angels, and Braves, died at age 62. He had been suffering from ALS, or Lou Gehrig's Disease.