Wednesday, November 12, 2014
#319 Paul Assenmacher
About the Back: I wonder if the children of ballplayers get a thrill out of being name-checked on the backs of cards?
1. On August 22, 1989, Paul tied a major league record by striking out four batters in an inning. The quartet of opposing Cardinals was Terry Pendleton, Milt Thompson, Tony Pena (reached on a wild pitch), and pitcher Ted Power (swung through a two-strike bunt attempt).
2. Assenmacher tied with Mike Jackson for the most games pitched in the 1990s, totaling 644.
3. He has served as the pitching coach at St. Pius X Catholic High School in Atlanta for eight years.
11-Year-Old Kevin Says: It may be pronounced "OSS-en-mock-er", but that didn't stop my younger self from snickering.
Bill James Said: "People don't take him seriously because he's ugly, looks sloppy on the mound and doesn't throw 90, but he's never been easy to hit."
On This Date in 1993: November 12. H. R. Haldeman, Richard Nixon's former White House Chief of Staff and a key member of the Watergate cover-up, dies of abdominal cancer at age 67.