Tuesday, December 2, 2014
#332 Geno Petralli
About the Back: Here's the box score from the game described. Geno's three-run blast was the go-ahead hit, and came against Mike Schooler. It was one of six pinch-homers in his career, and the only home run he hit in 1992. You might as well make it count!
1. His father Gene was a minor league first baseman from 1948 through 1953. He batted .274 and slugged .434, and topped out at AAA, where he played 25 games in the Yankees and White Sox organizations.
2. Petralli set a dubious modern-day record in 1987 with 35 passed balls, including six in one game and four in a single inning. As you may have guessed, he had the unenviable task of catching Charlie Hough's knuckleballs that season...or trying to catch them.
3. Geno's son James is the lead vocalist and guitarist for the rock band White Denim. They have released six albums and opened for Wilco on the group's Winter 2012 west coast tour.
11-Year-Old Kevin Says: Geno looks like somebody shrunk Rafael Palmeiro.
Bill James Said: "Has had a nine-year career as Texas' backup catcher, which is a rarity (the Jamie Quirk of the Rangers?)."
On This Date in 1993: December 2. A couple of big moves on the Hot Stove. Eddie Murray signs a four-year contract with the Indians, and the Phillies trade closer and World Series goat Mitch Williams to the Astros for pitchers Jeff Juden and Doug Jones.