Happy Birthday, Dennis Higgins

Dennis Higgins White SoxHappy Birthday to Dennis Higgins who pitched for the White Sox, Senators, Indians, and Cardinals from 1966 to 1972.  I first saw him pitch in June 2, 1966 in Chicago. We were both rookies that season.  It was our first road trip to my hometown since I made the team and I had friends and family at the games every day.  The Yankees were leading the White Sox 5-3 and in the bottom of the fourth, Eddie Stanky pulled the starting pitcher, Tommy John, for a pinch hitter.  Dennis came in to pitch in the fifth and proceeded to get nine consecutive outs; he struck out Mickey Mantle in his major league debut.  He left the game for a pinch hitter in the bottom of the seventh.  He made one hell of a first impression.

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