Swings and misses

A veteran of six big-league seasons, Joe Presko pitched from 1951-1958 for the St. Louis Cardinals and Detroit Tigers. He went 25-37 in 128 games with a 4.61 ERA and five saves. He won seven games in each of his first two seasons with the Cardinals but was a 13-game loser for St. Louis in […]

Charlie Spikes

The “Bogalusa Bomber,” Spikes played for nine years in the big leagues. He was drafted by the New York Yankees in the first round of the 1969 draft and made his way up with New York in 1972 but was dealt to the Cleveland Indians following the season. He blasted 23 home runs for the […]

Bill Nahorodny

Nahorodny caught for nine years in the big leagues, coming up with the Philadelphia Phillies in 1976 and finishing with the Seattle Mariners in 1984. In 308 games he hit .241 with 25 home runs. He only played in 10 games during the first two years of his big-league run, but took over as the […]

Swings and misses

An all star in 1979, Dave Lemanczyk pitched for eight years in the big leagues, breaking in with the Detroit Tigers in 1973 and finishing with the California Angels in 1980. He posted a 37-63 mark with a 4.62 ERA in his career. He was 13-16 for the Toronto Blue Jays in 1977 and led […]

Swings and misses

Perhaps best known as the Los Angeles Dodgers’ third-base coach, Joe Amalfitano spent parts of 10 seasons playing in the big leagues. He came up with the New York Giants in 1954 for nine games and was back for 36 more in 1955. He returned to the minors in 1956 and stayed there until 1960 […]