Saturday, February 12, 2005
February 12th, 1985
Van Lingle Mungo Dies
Van Lingle Mungo was a pitcher for the Dodgers in the 30s and into the 40s, after which he finished his career with the Giants. In his time, Mungo was widely regarded as having the best fastball in the league. In 1935 he (along with Lefty Gomez and others) went to
Mungo was able to have several good seasons despite his lack of control, further testament to his speed. His best year came in 1934, when he pitched 315 innings with a 3.37 ERA and won 18 games. His manager was Casey Stengel who again demonstrated a knowledge of what makes a good manager and an ability to put it glibly when he observed that "Mungo and I get along fine. I just tell him I won't stand for no nonsense, and then I duck."
Mungo's immortality was secured in 1970 when singer David Frishberg used his name for the title of his nostalgic bossa nova song, Van Lingle Mungo.
February 12th, 1945
Don Wilson Born