Tuesday, February 23, 2016
no. 504 - ken wright
Who is the man: Ken Wright was entering his second year in the majors when this card was issued. He worked in a career-high 47 games his rookie year in 1970, all from the bullpen. He logged just 53 1/3 innings.
Can ya dig it: I miss the overhead windup.
Right on: Thanks to the photo angle -- a modified hero shot -- Wright looks like a giant. He was 6-2.
You see that cat Wright is a bad mother: Wright appeared in the most games on the Royals' pitching staff his rookie season.
Shut your mouth: When the Yankees swindled Lou Piniella from the Royals for pitcher Lindy McDaniel, they also received Wright in the trade. He pitched in just three games for the Yankees.
No one understands him but his woman: Wright was part of a letter-writing campaign among some former major leaguers seeking a revision to MLB's pension rules to include anyone who had played in a major league game. Currently, any player who has competed in 43 MLB games is eligible for a pension. Wright and former Oriole Jim Hutto wrote letters to many Hall of Famers and said they didn't receive any response.
(A word about the back): Pitcher double plays is not a stat you hear about much.