Wednesday, October 29, 2014

#310 Dave Righetti

About the Front: Just another sellout crowd at Candlestick Park. Where is everybody?

About the Back: Dave Righetti gave up one home run in 105.1 innings in the strike-shortened 1981 season, making him quite a deserving Rookie of the Year. His no-hitter on July 4, 1983 was the first by a Yankee since Don Larsen's World Series perfect game in 1956.

Triple Play:

1. While pitching for the AA Tulsa Drillers, he set a Texas League record by striking out 21 Midland Cubs in nine innings on July 16, 1978.

2. Dave was an All-Star in both 1986 and 1987. In the former season, he became the first pitcher to throw a no-hitter and lead the league in saves during his major league career. (Dennis Eckersley and Derek Lowe later joined him on that short list.)

3. He is currently the longest-tenured pitching coach in baseball, having served the Giants under Dusty Baker, Felipe Alou, and Bruce Bochy since 2000.

11-Year-Old Kevin Says: It's a crime that his nickname was "Rags". His last name rhymes with spaghetti. Do I have to do all the legwork here?

Bill James Said: "I wonder if he's the only major league player who ever had triplets?" Melvin Mora and his quintuplets laugh.

On This Date in 1993: October 29.The Nightmare Before Christmas, a stop-motion animated film from Tim Burton, premieres. If you haven't seen it, you absolutely should.


  1. Somehow, I imagine Dave put the nix on any sort of spaghetti jokes early in life. Given my last name, I do not take kindly to Oscar jokes.

    And good hustle on the Nightmare Before Christmas, just a fantastic movie.

  2. Last year, my wife and I dressed as Sally and Jack Skellington for Halloween. It was one of my better efforts, I think.