Archive for December, 2017

Happy Birthday, Bill Wegman

Happy birthday to former Milwaukee Brewers RHP Bill Wegman, who was born on Dec. 19, 1962.

Wegman would pitch for 11 seasons in the majors, with his best year coming in 1991 when he was 15-7 with a 2.84 ERA in 193.1 innings.

What’s notable on alifeofknuckleballs.com too regarding Wegman is that he was one of the three young pitchers the Brewers chose to keep in 1986 instead of Tom Candiotti, who was released and went on to sign with Cleveland.

The Brewers kept Wegman, Juan Nieves, and Chris Bosio – and had high hopes for the trio as the three youngsters were expected to make up the back end of the rotation behind Teddy Higuera, No. 2 man Tim Leary, and Danny Darwin.

Instead, Wegman (5-12, 5.13), Nieves (11-12, 4.92), and Bosio (0-4, 7.01) combined to win the same number of games as Candiotti (16-12, 3.57) did in Cleveland in 1986.

While Candiotti would go on to win 151 games, Bosio turned out to be the winningest out of that Milwaukee trio. He went 94-93, pitching a no-hitter for Seattle in 1993 and helping the Mariners to the playoffs in 1995.

Wegman, our birthday boy today, finished his career with an 81-90 record, winning his final major-league game on August 8, 1995 against Toronto.

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Vintage Tom Candiotti interview from 1988

Here’s a vintage video of a Tom Candiotti interview. Candiotti, then with the Indians, discuses his pitching style the day following a 3-1 win over the Brewers on May 10, 1988.

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Have you gotten a Christmas gift for the sports lover in your family?

Well, Christmas is a couple of weeks away, so have you bought a gift yet for the sports lover in your family?

If not, then why not one of these two books?

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The hockey book is about the Boston-Montreal rivalry from 1988-1994, when the Bruins won five of the six series played between the two clubs, ending a streak of 18 consecutive playoff series losses to the Canadiens. Click to purchase this book here.

The baseball book is a biography of Tom Candiotti, the former knuckleball pitcher who pitched in the 1980s and 1990s. Candiotti won 151 major-league games and this book highlights his career. You can purchase this book here.

Get them for the sports lover in your family! 🙂

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