Happy Birthday, Tom Tischinski

Tom TischinskiHappy Birthday to Tom Tischinski, who caught 82 games for the Minnesota Twins between 1969 and 1971.  I only faced Tom once, on August 19, 1970 at Metropolitan Stadium.  That was my All-Star year and I was working on my first (and only) 20-win season, so our 3-0 loss was a tough one.  The problem for me was that Jim Perry was also pitching, and 1970 was also the best season of his career – he won 24 games.  The Yankees couldn’t get anything going off the lesser known of the Perry Brothers; he pitched a four-hitter.  Tom was 0-for-3 against me that day, but two days later he hit the only Home Run off his career against future Yankee Casey Cox, then of the Washington Senators.

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