Friday, July 8, 2016
no. 551 - frank linzy
Who is the man: Frank Linzy, who had pitched his first six major league seasons for the Giants, spent much of 1970 with a new team, the Cardinals, after being acquired in a trade in May.
Can ya dig it: I don't envy anyone with a name that ends in "zy". That's difficult to write in cursive.
Right on: Linzy looks like your friendly accountant, but he threw hard.
You see that cat Linzy is a bad mother: Linzy finished third in the NL Rookie of the Year voting in 1965 when he compiled a 1.43 ERA in 57 games for the Giants, saving 21 of them.
Shut your mouth: In 1973, when Linzy was pitching for the Brewers, Milwaukee went on a hot streak, moving within a game of first place in the AL East after beating the Twins. After the game, manager Del Crandall explained the hot streak by saying, "Frank Linzy, Frank Linzy, Frank Linzy, Frank Linzy. End of interview." But it actually wasn't the end of the interview because the Brewers had won 10 of their last 11 games.
No one understands him but his woman: Linzy was called "Country" by his teammates, and after his career ended, he retired to his native Oklahoma and spent his days hunting and fishing.
(A word about the back): Those 18 complete games in 1963 are interesting. In the majors, Linzy started just two games out of 516 appearances.