Saturday, April 09, 2005


April 9th, 1961

Kirk McCaskill Born

In 1991 Kirk McCaskill lost a MLB-high 19 games for the Angels, avoiding twenty losses in part because he sat out the Angels last eight games. Demonstrating once again that they were staunch believers in the “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all” theory of baseball card writing, Topps’ comment for Kirk McCaskill, on his 1992 card is “Kirk and his wife are the parents of one child, Reily.” To be fair McCaskill was more unlucky than bad in 1991; his ERA was just four percent worse than league average and the Angels scored a grand total of thirty-five runs in his nineteen losses, or about 1.8 a game, and were shut out five times. McCaskill’s 1991 is also noteworthy for his having had a decision in ninety-six percent of his starts, which is sixth all-time.

Despite his 1991 troubles, McCaskill who was from Kapuskasing, Ontario, also ranks second all-time for wins by a Canadian-born pitcher (behind Ferguson Jenkins) with one hundred six which earned him induction into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame, Class of 2003.

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