Friday, April 11, 2014

#192 Bob Milacki

About the Front: The Oriole Bird on Bob Milacki's undershirt collar is perfectly aligned with the bird on his cap. Coincidence? Probably.

About the Back: Here's another fun coincidence - Herman Pillette's son Duane pitched for the Orioles in 1954-1955 and was the first pitcher to win a game for the O's after their move from St. Louis.

Triple Play:

1. After tossing eight one-hit innings in his MLB debut, and pitching into the ninth in his next game, Bob shut out the Yankees on three hits with 10 strikeouts in his third big league appearance.

2. On July 13, 1991, he tossed the first six innings of a combined no-hitter against Oakland, with Mark Williamson, Mike Flanagan, and Gregg Olson keeping the A's hitless through the final three frames.

3. Milacki is currently a pitching coach in the Phillies' organization. In 2014, he is on the Single-A Clearwater Threshers staff.

11-Year-Old Kevin Says: I was fortunate to grow up in Baltimore in the 1980s and 1990s, where Bob Milacki was a household name.

Bill James Said: "He's only 29 and it's hard to say specifically why he can't win, but a pitcher with less than five strikeouts/game will always have a short career."

On This Date in 1993: April 11. A 450-man prison riot breaks out at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville, and it will continue for 10 days. It is sparked by grievances over prison conditions and forced tuberculosis vaccinations given to Nation of Islam prisoners. The vaccinations run counter to the religious beliefs of NOI.

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