Monday, January 5, 2015
#349 Hipolito Pichardo
About the Back: Pichardo lasted in the majors for ten seasons, but never surpassed his 9-6 record as a rookie. Only twice more would he make more than one start in a season.
1. On July 21, 1992, he one-hit the Red Sox, with only a sixth-inning double by Luis Rivera stopping him from tossing a perfect game.
2. After missing the entire 1999 season due to elbow surgery, he found a place in Boston's bullpen the following year, posting a 3.46 ERA in 38 appearances.
3. His last pro season of record was 2003, when he saved 13 games with a 1.05 ERA in 24 contests with the Mexican League's Saltillo Saraperos.
11-Year-Old Kevin Says: I liked the fact that he was a pitcher who nearly had the word "pitch" in his name. Sometimes it's that simple.
Bill James Said: "Pichardo is not a bad pitcher; he throws strikes and he throws ground balls, so he can get a lot of people out quickly when he is in a groove."
On This Date in 1993: January 5. Westley Allan Dodd, also known as the Vancouver Child Killer, is executed by hanging at his own request in Walla Walla, WA. The 31-year-old Dodd had been convicted of three first-degree murders of local children, all committed in 1989.