Happy Birthday, John Knox

John KnoxHappy Birthday to John Knox, who played Second Base for the Detroit Tigers for parts of 1972 to 1975.  I faced John once, on September 30, 1973 against the Detroit Tigers at Yankee Stadium.  I recall this game vividly because it was my last game of the season and nearly 42 years later, our loss still stings.  We were ahead 4-2 going in to the top of the eighth, and I have up leadoff singles to Tom Veryzer and Ike Brown.  Ralph Houk replaced me with Lindy McDaniel, a good relief pitcher who just had a bad day.  He walked three and gave up three singles – including a two-RBI hit by John.  We lost, 8-5.

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