Happy Birthday, Eddie Fisher

Eddie Fisher CAHappy Birthday to Eddie Fisher, who was never married to Debbie Reynolds, Elizabeth Taylor or Connie Stevens, but did play fifteen years in the major leagues from 1959 to 1973 -– around the same time his namesake enjoyed so much success in Hollywood.  I remember watching Eddie as a starting pitcher for the White Sox when I was in college.  They first time I faced him as a pro ballplayer was on July 20, 1970 at Yankee Stadium.  He was with the California Angeles and came in to pitch the bottom of the seventh in relief after Andy Messersmith gave up a single to Roy White, an RBI double to Danny Cater, and a two-run homer to Curt Blefary.  I came up to bat with a runner on first and two out and hit a single to my old teammate Roger Repoz in left.  I pitched well – a three-hitter with five strikeouts and a complete game, but gave up a solo homer to Jim Spencer; the Yankees won 6-1.  I also recall pitching a nine-hit shutout against the Angeles and Rudy May and Eddie in 1971, and a four-hit shutout against the Angels in 1971 that Eddie pitched in.  Eddie left baseball with a respectable 85-70 record with a 3.41 career ERA.  I must admit there was a certain thrill pitching against a guy you used to watch as a kid.

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