Friday, September 30, 2005

 
September 30th, 1998

Dan Quisenberry Dies

Dan Quisenberry was a reliever, primarily for the Royals in the eighties. It is an oversimplification to say Quiz was the reason the Royals finally got by the Yankees in the ALCS in 1980 after losing to them in 1976-78, but the Yankees won Game Five (the final game in LCS game in those days) in both 1976 and 1977 in the ninth inning, a situation that might not have occurred if Quiz was closing then.

He was also a genuinely funny man, as his collection of quotes including philosophy on his wind-up ("I found a delivery in my flaw"), the grass vs. Astroturf debate ("Natural grass is a wonderful thing for little bugs and sinkerball pitchers") and reliever usage ("A manager uses a reliever like a six shooter, he fires until it's empty then he takes the gun and throws it at the villain"). Like Casey Stengel, a lot of those quotes show a wisdom lurking below the amusing surface.

Quisenberry was just forty-five when he died from a brain tumor, too young, of course, and is missed around baseball, but especially in
Kansas City.




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