Tuesday, February 4, 2014
#155 Dennis Eckersley
1. Dennis no-hit the Angels on May 30, 1977. He struck out 12 batters and allowed only two California player to reach base; Tony Solaita walked in the first inning, and Bobby Bonds reached base on a strikeout/wild pitch in the eighth but was wiped out on a double play.
2. His trademark high leg kick was a nod to Juan Marichal, as Eckersley had grown up rooting for the Giants.
3. Eck is currently a TV analyst for national games on TBS and Red Sox games on NESN.
11-Year-Old Kevin Says: Everything about Eckersley seemed larger-than-life. He had the hardware, the nickname, the distinctive delivery and look, and the demonstrative fist-pump after nailing down saves. Of course, his best days were behind him when I pulled this card.
Bill James Said: "It is my opinion that he will come back from his 'off season', that he will save 35-50 games again this year." Even without the strike shaving 50-some games off of Oakland's schedule, Eck would have had a hard time reaching 35 saves in 1994. He had just 19 (with a 4.26 ERA) when the season came to a premature close.
On This Date in 1993: February 4. Members of the right-wing Austrian FPO (Freedom Party) leave the group to form the Liberal Forum. The Forum founders are opposed to the FPO's growing nationalistic tendencies.