Friday, October 3, 2014

Hall Of Famer Dennis Eckersley Turns 60 Today

Little League Eck
Dennis Eckersley spent eight of his twenty-four MLB seasons in Boston. Over that span, he was 88-71 with a 3.92 ERA. He struck out 771 batters while wearing Carmine Hosemore than any of the other four teams he played for. Incredibly, 'The Eck' turns 60 today. Those of us who are old enough, recall the excitement when he came to Boston from Cleveland in a 1978 trade (in exchange for Ted Cox, Bo Diaz, Mike Paxton and Rick Wise). Of course, his biggest fame came as the shutdown closer of the Oakland A's—winning a World Series ring in 1989. Ironically, his only post-season appearance for the Sox was an inning in the 1998 ALDS against the team that drafted him—the Indians. His career continues as a broadcaster for NESN and TBS. Happy birthday, Eck!