Thursday, November 13, 2014
#320 Tim Fortugno
About the Back: I'm not sure how a 30-year-old rookie wound up with a card number ending in a zero. Maybe he was a last-minute replacement.
1. On July 25, 1992, Fortugno tossed a three-hit, 12-strikeout shutout against the Tigers. He fanned each of the Tigers' 3-4-5 hitters (Travis Fryman, Cecil Fielder, and Mickey Tettleton) three times. This effort was more notable as it came in his second career big league appearance, earning him his first win.
2. He gave up a single to George Brett on September 30, 1992. It was the Royal great's 3,000th career hit. The southpaw subsequently picked Brett off of first base.
3. After hanging up his spikes, Tim became a scout for the Rangers. Among others, he signed Scott Feldman, C. J. Wilson, and John Mayberry Jr.
11-Year-Old Kevin Says: I always thought this guy looked much older than 30.
Bill James Said: Fortugno spent all of 1993 with the Expos' AAA Ottawa team, so James didn't include him in his book. He did resurface in the majors with the Reds in 1994 and the White Sox in 1995, though.
On This Date in 1993: November 13. In a matchup of the two top-ranked college football teams in the U.S., #2 Notre Dame squeaks by #1 Florida State, 31-24. Both teams had been 9-0 entering the showdown in South Bend.