Tuesday, December 06, 2005

December 6th, 1937

Freddie Velazquez Born

"Gary [Bell] has come up with a good nickname for Freddy Velazquez. Freddy just sits there in the bullpen, warming up pitchers, and he never gets into a game and just looks sad. So Gary calls him Poor Devil."

~Jim Bouton, Ball Four

Editor's Note: Velazquez was on the Seattle Pilots with Bouton and Bell from the beginning of the season through early June when he was purchased by the A's. He appeared in six of forty-six games. Multiplied over a full season, that's about twenty-one games, or less than one a week. Poor Devil, indeed.

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