Little played for five seasons in the majors, hitting .245 with three home runs in 327 games. He broke in with the Montreal Expos in 1982 and stayed there until 1985 when he was traded to the Chicago White Sox. He split the 1986 season between the ChiSox and the New York Yankees. That would be the end of his time in the big leagues, although he continued to play in the minors through 1988. Little’s best season came while playing for the Expos in 1983. He hit .260 while setting career highs in runs (48) and RBIs (36) that season.
Little started at second base for the White Sox on August 4, 1985, at Yankee Stadium when Tom Seaver beat New York to earn his 300th career win. Little had a hit and drove in two runs in the game. Seaver pitched nine innings and allowed one run to lead Chicago to a 4-1 win.
Little is the brother of former manager Grady Little.
Wehner played for 11 seasons for the Pittsburgh Pirates and Florida Marlins from 1991-2001. In 461 games he hit .249 with four home runs. Wehner hit .308 in 52 games for the Pirates in 1995 but had his most productive season the following year when he hit .259 while setting career highs in RBIs (13) and runs scored (19).
Wehner was a member of the 1997 Marlins’ team that defeated the Cleveland Indians in the World Series. He appeared in one game of the National League Division Series, but did not play in the NLCS or the World Series.
On October 1, 2000, Wehner took Chicago Cub Jon Lieber deep in the fifth inning of their game at Three Rivers Stadium. It would be both the final home run hit at Three Rivers and also the final home run of Wehner’s career. He also made the final out of the game when he grounded out to third base in the bottom of the ninth.
Wehner went on to become a broadcaster, working on Pirates’ games for the Pirates’ radio network and also SportsNet Pittsburgh.
The 1968 American League Rookie of the Year, Stan Bahnsen spent 16 years pitching in the majors, going 146-149 for six teams from 1966-1982. Bahnsen won 17 games and had a 2.05 ERA for the New York Yankees in 1968, which was good enough to get him the Rookie of the Year award. He won 14 games for New York in 1970 and 1971 before the Yankees dealt him to the Chicago White Sox. Bahnsen had a nice run in Chicago. He won 21 games in 1972, then 18 more in 1973. (He also led the league in losses that season with 21.) He won 12 more games in 1974 but became a journeyman the next season. Chicago dealt him to the Oakland A’s midway through the 1975 campaign. Bahnsen still managed to get 10 wins for the two clubs combined, but it would be his last season with double-digit wins. He worked mostly out of the bullpen for the rest of his career that saw him pitch for the Montreal Expos, California Angels and Philadelphia Phillies before retiring.
Dave Edler played in 126 games for the Seattle Mariners from 1980-1983. He hit .216 with six home runs in 334 at bats. His best season came in 1982 when he hit .279 with 18 RBIs and 14 runs scored.
A three-time world champion, Alejandro Pena pitched for 15 years in the majors. He won 56 games and saved 74 more while playing for the Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Mets, Atlanta Braves, Pittsburgh Pirates, Boston Red Sox and Florida Marlins from 1981-1996. Pena spent most of his time pitching out of the bullpen, but he was a starter for the Dodgers at the beginning of his career. He won 12 games in 1983 and 12 more in 1984, a season that saw him lead the National League with a 2.48 ERA. Pena was a member of the Dodgers’ teams that won the World Series in 1981 and 1988. He did not pitch in the first series, but appeared in two games in 1988, beating Dennis Eckersley in Game 1 after Kirk Gibson’s now-legendary home run. Pena pitched for the Braves in the 1991 series which they lost to the Minnesota Twins. He was back in the Fall Classic with Atlanta in 1995. He pitched in two games against Cleveland and took the loss in Game 3. However, the Braves beat the Indians 4-2.
Putting 10 letters in the mail today, going to: Mike Stanley, Dale Mohorcic, Kirt Manwaring, Terry Jorgensen, Chuck Jackson, Tommy Hinzo, Mark Grant, Kevin Elster, Tommy Boggs and Frank Thomas (Big Hurt).
Mlicki pitched for 10 years in the majors, going 66-80 with a 4.72 ERA for the Cleveland Indians, New York Mets, Los Angeles Dodgers, Detroit Tigers and Houston Astros between 1992 and 2002. Mlicki won 14 games for the Tigers in 1999. He won 11 games for the Tigers and Astros in 2001, despite a 6.17 ERA. Mlicki only had one season where he pitched in more than three games and had an ERA under 4.00. That happened in 1996 when he won six games for the Mets with a 3.30 ERA in 51 appearances. He also got the only save of his career that season.
Mlicki shut out the New York Yankees on June 16, 1997, at Yankee Stadium, leading the Mets to a 6-0 victory in the first-ever regular season meeting between the teams.
August pitched for four seasons for the Milwaukee Brewers, from 1988-1991. In 88 games he posted a 34-30 record with a 4.64 ERA. His best year was his rookie season as he went 13-7 with a 3.09 ERA and finished fourth in the American League Rookie of the Year vote. He won 12 games in 1989, but saw his ERA jump to 5.31. August was never able to get his ERA back under five and was out of the big leagues by 1992.
August pitched professionally from 1985-1996, which included two seasons in the Chinese Professional Baseball League.
He made his major league debut on June 2, 1988, against the California Angels in Milwaukee. He entered the game in the sixth inning in relief of Odell Jones and Paul Mirabella and pitched two no-hit innings to get the win.
On May 1, 1991, the Brewers hosted the Chicago White Sox in what ended up being a 19-inning contest. August pitched the final five innings of the game for Milwaukee, giving up six hits and three runs. He earned the win when Willie Randolph singled in Jim Gantner in the bottom of the 19th inning.
The Toronto Blue Jays opened their brand new stadium, SkyDome, on June 5, 1989. August was there with Milwaukee and started the game for the Brewers. He pitched 5-and-1/3 innings and gave up six hits and two runs, good enough to earn the win in a 5-3 Milwaukee victory, making him the first pitcher to win a game in the brand new ballpark.
Mark Thurmond pitched for eight seasons in the majors. He came up with the San Diego Padres in 1983, then worked for the Detroit Tigers, Baltimore Orioles and San Francisco Giants before retiring in 1990. In 314 games Thurmond went 40-46 with a 3.69 ERA and 21 saves. His best season came for the Padres in 1984 as he won 14 games and helped them reach the World Series. Thurmond pitched in two games of the series against the Detroit Tigers. He was the Game 1 starter but lost to Jack Morris. The Tigers went on to win the series in five games.
Tim Jones played in 252 games for the St. Louis Cardinals from 1988-1993. He hit .233 with one career home run. Jones best season was his second in the majors as he hit .293 in 42 games in 1989.
Eleven letters in the mail, going to: Jeff Treadway, Don Sutton, John Shelby, Edgar Martinez, Kelly Mann, Lenny Faedo, Chad Curtis, Tim Conroy, Jeff Conine, Bob Gibson (from the 80’s) and Damon Berryhill.
Poquette played for seven seasons in the majors, breaking in with the Kansas City Royals in 1973 and finishing with the Royals in 1982. In between he played for the Boston Red Sox and Texas Rangers and hit .268 with 10 home runs in 452 games. Poquette was a regular for the Royals as a rookie in 1976. He hit .302 that year, then hit .292 in 1977. However, his average slid to .216 in 1978 and Kansas City dealt him to the Red Sox midway through the 1979 season. Poquette performed well for Boston, hitting .331 in 63 games, but the Red Sox released him the next year. He caught on with the Rangers, then returned to the Royals before concluding his career.
Poquette and the Royals faced the New York Yankees three straight years in the American League Championship Series. The two teams played from 1976-1978, with New York prevailing every time.
Jerry Garvin pitched for six seasons for the Toronto Blue Jays from 1977-1982. In 196 games he posted a 20-41 record with eight saves and a 4.43 ERA. Garvin’s best season was his first, as he went 10-18 with a 4.19 ERA and 127 strikeouts for Toronto as a rookie. He lost 12 games the next year, then pitched out of the bullpen for the rest of his career.
Bill Swift won 94 games during 13 years in the big leagues, spent pitching for the Seattle Mariners, San Francisco Giants and Colorado Rockies. He won 21 games and had a 2.82 ERA for the Giants in 1993 and was an 11-game winner for the Mariners in 1998, which was his last year in the majors. His best season, however, came in 1992 when he won 10 games and had a 2.08 ERA for San Francisco. His performance was good enough to earn him second place in Cy Young vote that season. Greg Maddux won the award.
The starting catcher for the 1990 World Series champions, Joe Oliver spent 13 years in the majors playing for the Cincinnati Reds, Milwaukee Brewers, Detroit Tigers, Seattle Mariners, Pittsburgh Pirates, New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox. In 1,076 games he hit .247 with 102 home runs. Oliver hit at least 10 home runs in seven of his seasons. His most productive year came for the Reds in 1993 as set a career highs with 75 RBIs and 14 home runs. Oliver hit .333 for Cincinnati against the Oakland A’s in the World Series. The Reds swept the A’s 4-0.