Thursday, November 14, 2013
#107 John Kiely
1. John's big league debut was, shall we say, inauspicious. On July 26, 1991, he was brought into a 1-1 game to start the bottom of the eighth inning. His second pitch to Juan Gonzalez was roped down the line for a double, and he was pulled in favor of Paul Gibson. Gonzalez scored later in the inning; the Tigers came back to win in extras, but Kiely was left with an infinite ERA.
2. Jim Thome, Cal Ripken, Kenny Lofton, Albert Belle, Harold Baines, Robin Yount, Dave Winfield, Tim Raines, and Carlton Fisk never reached base against Kiely. Of course, that's a combined sample size of 13 plate appearances, but let's not split hairs.
3. He spent parts of five seasons with the Toledo Mud Hens. Klinger would have been proud.
11-Year-Old Kevin Says: I must not have paid close attention to the back of the card, because the tidbit about Kiely being a sidearmer is new to me. Topps went with a posed portrait on the front, and I was oblivious to his unconventional style.
Bill James Said: "He would benefit from being in an organization which can distinguish between a pitcher and a kumquat." Bonus points for the use of "kumquat".
On This Date in 1993: November 14. Miami Dolphins coach Don Shula sets an NFL record with his 325th career win, a 19-13 squeaker over the Philadelphia Eagles.