Happy Birthday to Frank Kostro, who played for the Tigers, Angels and Twins from 1962 to 1969. I pitched to Frank just once. It was September 23, 1967 at Metropolitan Stadium. The Yankees were up 4-0 in the bottom of the fifth. Rod Carew hit a leadoff single (shocking, I know!) and advanced to second on Ted Uhlaender’s sacrifice bunt. Cal Ermer decided to pinch hit for the catcher, Jerry Zimmerman, and Frank came up to bat. I struck him out. Then Carroll Hardy pinch hit for the pitcher, Jim Perry, and hit a two-run homer. We won that game 6-2, boosted by homers from Tom Shopay and Joe Pepitone, and a great save by Dooley Womack.
Happy Birthday to Dan Meyer, who played for the Tigers, Mariners and A’s in a career that spanned from 1974 to 1985. The first time I ever saw Dan was April 22, 1975, when the Tigers were playing the Indians. He went 2-for-4 against Gaylord Perry. The next day, he went 0-for-4 against Jim Perry. I didn’t face Dan until September 7, when he went 1-for-4 against me. We beat the Tigers 9-0 off some great hitting by Boog Powell, Oscar Gamble, Rick Manning and Duane Kuiper. Oscar and Boog both hit first inning Triples – you don’t see that every day. That shutout and complete game brought me to 12-7.
Happy 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.