Friday, February 24, 2012
no. 21 - dan mc ginn
Who is the man: Dan McGinn was the first relief ace in Montreal Expos history. McGinn appeared in 74 games for the Expos in 1969, the second most appearances in the National League that year. (Roy Face also relieved for the 1969 expansion Expos, but he wasn't used nearly as much as McGinn).
Can ya dig it: I don't know, McGinn's grin is kind of creeping me out.
Right on: Is that a bandage on the index finger of McGinn's pitching hand? Hope he took that off before entering a game. I don't think that's allowed.
You see this cat McGinn is a bad mother: McGinn hit the first home run in Montreal Expos history. It came in the Expos' first game and it came against TOM SEAVER. A bad mother, I'm telling you.
Shut your mouth: McGinn's career lasted just four years. After back-to-back 7-10 seasons with Montreal, he fell apart in '71, was traded to the Cubs, and went 0-5 in '72. On the good side, he's been the pitching coach for the University of Nebraska-Omaha for the last 12 years.
No one understands him but his woman: When McGinn pitched for Notre Dame, the team would hold practice indoors in the field house before the weather was warm enough to go outside. The field house was old and dark, and McGinn threw in the '90s with little control. Catchers were hard to find.
(A word about the back): With 154 hits and 78 walks, McGinn's WHIP in 1970 was a lousy 1.77. That's about right for an expansion team.