Tuesday, June 23, 2015

#443 Terry Leach

About the Front: Terry Leach was 38 when this photo was taken, but his pants appear to be hiked up enough for somebody twice his age.

About the Back: Here's an interesting tidbit. Terry was indeed drafted by Boston in January 1976, but the pick was voided. I couldn't find an explanation beyond that, but the righty signed with the Baton Rouge Cougars of the independent Gulf States League later that year, since he'd already graduated from Auburn University. In 1977, he caught on with the Braves organization.

Triple Play:

1. Though he was primarily a reliever, Leach made a spot start for the Mets on October 1, 1982 and pitched a 10-inning one-hitter. He scattered six walks, struck out seven Phillies, and yielded only a fifth-inning triple by Luis Aguayo. A Hubie Brooks sac fly delivered a 1-0 win in the tenth for New York.

2. While splitting the 1987 season between the Mets' bullpen and rotation, Terry won his first ten decisions before incurring his only loss of the year on August 15.

3. He faced Andre Dawson more often than any other batter. In 32 at-bats, "Hawk" had just four hits, though two of them were home runs.

11-Year-Old Kevin Says: "Terry saw action in the 1991 World Series" struck me as odd phrasing. I mean, I've seen plenty of action in various World Series without leaving my couch. That's the wonders of live televised sports. They could've punched it up a bit and said, "Terry got a crucial strikeout in Game 3 of the 1991 World Series."

Bill James Said: "A 40-year-old sidearm/submarine reliever, was pitching effectively last year, as he always has, but went on the disabled list in April with tendonitis in his elbow, and went out for the year in mid-June, same cause." Leach sat out the 1994 season, and retired after an unsuccessful tryout with the Tigers in 1995.

On This Date in 1993: June 23. It takes him 14 innings, but Jay Buhner becomes the first player in Mariners history to hit for the cycle. His first-inning grand slam and 14th-inning triple bookend an 8-7 Seattle win over Oakland; he scores the winning run on a Shawn Hillegas wild pitch.

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