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Sunday, October 15, 2006

Dick Pole and Peter LaCock



The single reason these two are yoked in the minds of many baseball fans is because they were exactly the same height (6'3") and weight (210 pounds). Though they each played in the American League throughout the 1977 and 1978 seasons, the sole instance in which they enacted the pitcher-batter swordfight was in the first inning of a game on May 28, 1978, between Dick Pole's Seattle Mariners and Peter LaCock's Kansas City Royals. The Seattle manager, whose name happened to be Johnson, yanked his Pole after Dick was abused for 4 hits and 5 runs in only 1 inning of work. The game was essentially decided by the time LaCock finally got his chance to further beat the spent Dick, but, for the record, the shriveled Pole teased LaCock into lining flaccidly to left.

16 Comments:

Anonymous Brother Ian said...

O Lord, thank you for the gleeful belly laugh occasioned by this entry.

I hope you're enjoying writing these half as much as I do, reading them.

-- Ian

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am weeping with laughter at this one

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Me again. Fact is, I am having more fun reading this entry (and your entire blog) than watching the mets play game 5 of nlcs with pete and helene wondering why I am in hysterics over at the computer
-charles

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Hysterical. I'm giggling like a schoolgirl.

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Anonymous The Chief said...

Well, the web is more tangled. Peter Marshall's birth name was Ralph Pierre LaCock--his sister was Western starlet Joanne Dru & therefore a pure member in fine standing of the LaCock name. Hollywood forced their hands. So Peter was actually perversly honoring his ancestry--and reclaiming the family name. A proud day for LaCocks everywhere, who no longer had to hang their heads in ignominy. Until they saw Petey boy's stats . . .

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