Barry Foote

Foote caught for 10 seasons in the majors, breaking in with the Montreal Expos in 1973 and finishing with the New York Yankees in 1982. In 687 games he hit .230 with 57 home runs. Foote was Montreal’s starting catcher as a rookie in 1974. He played in 125 games and hit .262 with 11 […]

Swings and misses

A three-time all star, Sparky Lyle pitched for 16 years in the majors, going 99-76 with a 2.88 ERA and 238 saves. He twice led the American League in saves, first with 35 for the New York Yankees in 1972, then again with 23 for the Yankees in 1976. He was an all star in […]

Jim Essian

Essian spent 12 years catching in the big leagues, playing for five teams from 1973-1984. In 710 games he hit .244 with 33 home runs. He was primarily a reserve for most of his career, but was the Chicago White Sox main catcher in 1977, which would go down as the best season of his […]

Rick Wise

Over an 18-year stretch in the big leagues, Wise went 188-181 with a 3.69 ERA while pitching for five teams. He debuted for the Philadelphia Phillies in 1964 and had an 11-win season for the team in 1967. He won 15 games for Philadelphia in 1969. This began a nine-year run that saw Wise post […]

Glenn Wilson

An all star in 1985, Wilson spent 10 seasons in the big leagues, playing for five different teams from 1982-1993. He broke in with the Detroit Tigers, but had what were arguably his best years with the Philadelphia Phillies. He hit 14 home runs and tallied 102 RBIs in 1985 for Philadelphia, which earned him […]

Swings and misses

Jerry Reed spent parts of nine seasons pitching in the big leagues for the Philadelphia Phillies, Cleveland Indians, Seattle Mariners and Boston Red Sox. In 238 games he went 20-19 with a 3.94 ERA and 18 saves. His best year came with the Mariners in 1989. He posted a career-high seven wins that season and […]

Howie Bedell

Bedell played in 67 games for the Milwaukee Braves and Philadelphia Phillies in 1962 and 1968. He hit .193 and did not have a home run. Most of Bedell’s MLB playing time came for the Braves in 1962. He appeared in 58 games for Milwaukee and hit .196 while scoring 15 runs. He played in […]