Wednesday, November 20, 2013

#111 Bruce Hurst

About the Front: Bruce Hurst has the hairiest forearms this side of Justin Verlander.

About the Back: The end came quickly for Bruce. After one season with an ERA over 3.85 from 1986-1992, he only made it into 13 games in 1993 and 1994 combined with a 7.24 ERA. He'd torn his rotator cuff and labrum in late 1992 and was seemingly never the same.

Triple Play:

1. Hurst was the seventh and penultimate Pawtucket Red Sox pitcher to appear in the famed longest game in organized baseball history, a 33-inning affair with the Rochester Red Wings that began on April 18, continued into the wee hours of April 19, and was concluded on June 23. The lefty shut out the Red Wings from the 28th inning through the 32nd.

2. Bruce starred for Boston in the 1986 postseason, winning all three of his decisions and tossing a pair of complete games, including the Red Sox' 4-2 victory in Game Five of the World Series. He allowed three runs in six innings in the decisive seventh game, but the Mets pulled away late against the Beantown bullpen.

3. He was inducted into the Red Sox Hall of Fame in 2004. Dixie State College, located in Hurst's hometown of St. George, UT, has named their home field after him.

11-Year-Old Kevin Says: Bruce pitched a fine game on my tenth birthday, allowing one run to the Giants in seven innings in a 4-1 Padres win. He was stuck with a no-decision, as San Diego put up a three-spot in the eighth. I've said it before and I will again: the younger me would have been in baseball geek heaven with at his disposal.

Bill James Said: "...was traded to the Black Hole of Calcutta, also known as Mile High Stadium." Pre-humidor Denver was a death sentence to many a pitcher's career.

On This Date in 1993: November 20. As part of the Savings and Loan Crisis, the U.S. Senate Ethics Committee (how's that for an oxymoron?) issues a stern censure of California senator Alan Cranston for his association with S-and-L executive Charles Keating.

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