Friday, February 14, 2014

#162 Joe Hesketh

About the Front: I always wondered what was the point of that finger hole in fielding gloves. It seems like it unnecessarily exposes your digit to the ball. What gives?
About the Back: You can see that Joe Hesketh played for three teams in 1990: the Expos, Braves, and Red Sox. Atlanta selected him off of waivers on April 30 and released him on July 24. Boston picked him up a week later to complete the trifecta.

Triple Play:

1. His promising 1985 season ended on August 23, when he tried to bowl over Dodgers catcher Mike Scioscia on a play at the plate and instead suffered a broken leg.

2. As a swingman for the 1991 Red Sox, Joe led the league with a .750 winning percentage (12-4). He did most of his damage in the second half, going 10-3 with a 3.00 ERA.

3. He returned to his alma mater of SUNY-Buffalo as a coach during the 2006 through 2008 seasons.

11-Year-Old Kevin Says: Hesketh's exaggerated grimace on the front of this card sort of gave me the willies.

Bill James Said: "Posted a 2.81 ERA as a reliever (32 innings) and 0.68 in eight games after the All-Star break, but then developed tendonitis in his elbow, and missed the last six weeks."

On This Date in 1993: February 14. Singer-songwriter Harry Nilsson suffers a non-fatal heart attack.

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