Friday, February 11, 2011

That Guy Was A Padre? Volume II: Rick Wise

This seemed like a good idea for a running series that I'll soon abandon. Every now and then, I stumble across a card of a guy I had no idea was ever a Padre. Harold Reynolds was one of those; Rick Wise was another.
If you're anything like me, you remember Rick Wise for two things. One, he was traded for Steve Carlton and two, he gave the greatest single game performance in Major League history. On June 23 of 1971, Wise no-hit the Reds and hit two home runs in the same game. Nobody had done it before and nobody has done it since. One thing he does have in common with many before him and since him is that he ended his career in San Diego barely getting by on fumes. He pitched poorly in 1980 and '81 and gave up two runs in two innings in his sole game of 1982. The Padres released him April 16th, six days after Colt Morton was born and seven after Chad Reineke was born.

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