Friday, August 29, 2014

#272 Kurt Knudsen

About the Front: I like the simple difference between Detroit's white "D" on the home caps, and the orange "D" on the road caps.

About the Back: That's an impressive cleft in Kurt Knudsen's chin. Downright Jesse Ventura-esque.

Triple Play:

1. He earned his first big league save on June 8, 1992 with four shutout innings of relief in a 9-2 win over Cleveland.

2. Kurt's big league career ended with a disastrous four-game stint in 1994. He allowed seven hits, 11 walks, and eight runs in 5.1 innings, and only struck out a single batter.

3. Knudsen pitched in the minors through 1997, finishing in the Angels' organization.

11-Year-Old Kevin Says: I had the pleasure of witnessing Kurt's penultimate game in the majors. The Orioles torched him for six runs in four innings of relief on June 2, 1994, including a Cal Ripken three-run homer.

Bill James Said: "The slugging percentage against him was .500, and lefthanded batters hit him at a .392 clip, with a .725 slugging percentage."

On This Date in 1993: August 29. The Royals outlast the Red Sox, 5-4, in 12 innings. Greg Gagne singles home Wally Joyner with the winning run. George Brett steals second base in the third inning, making him only the third player in MLB history with 3,000 hits, 300 homers, and 200 steals. Willie Mays and Hank Aaron were the first two to perform the feat.

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