Friday, December 12, 2014
#340 John Kruk
About the Back: Ah, that looks a bit more like the Krukker I remember.
1. Here's one I just discovered. At AA Beaumont in 1983, John pitched in three games, totaling five scoreless innings. He allowed five hits, walked two, and struck out three.
2. In a losing effort in the 1993 World Series, Kruk batted .348/.500/.391 with four runs batted in.
3. He was diagnosed with testicular cancer in the spring of 1994, and made a full recovery after having one of his testicles surgically removed. The following year, he abruptly retired from the White Sox after singling in his first at-bat on July 30. The base hit brought his career batting average up to an even .300, and his on-base percentage across ten seasons was .397.
11-Year-Old Kevin Says: One of the first great baseball moments I witnessed live was Kruk's heart-stopping at-bat against Randy Johnson in the 1993 All-Star Game.
Bill James Said: "You probably know as much about him as I do, a fun guy with a bad body and a chaw of tobacco that would choke a T-Rex."
On This Date in 1993: December 12. Peter Boross becomes the prime minister of Hungary after the death of Jozsef Antall.