Dan Pasqua – 1991 Score
January 11, 2011
Dan Pasqua = Nemo Leibold
Dan does look the part there. In the face, he looks a bit like Chick Gandil. Actually, looks a bit like Michael Rooker playing Chick Gandil.
The 1990 White Sox finished in second, nine games behind the A’s. If they were in the East, they would have won the division. But life’s like that sometimes. Believe me!
The main reason for their runner-up finish was their offense. Only three regulars: Fisk, Calderon and Pasqua / Kittle (platooning at DH) had an OPS+ of over 100. Frank Thomas had an OPS+ of 177 but didn’t get called up until August. Before then, the White Sox had four months of Carlos Martinez flailing with an OPS+ of 63 at first base.
The staff was pretty nifty – three good starters (Hibbard, McDowell, King) and a lights out pen. This was the 57-save season for Thigpen, but Pall, Patterson and Edwards were good set-up men and Barry Jones was outstanding. They only blew 18 saves. Jones had 7 (Thigpen 8 ) but Jones also went 11-4 with 30 holds.
Pasqua actually would be a good offensive comp for Happy Felsch, except Felsch batted righty. And Felsch was a center fielder, and a good one in 1917 (+6 FR) not the goofball RF as shown in Eight Men Out. Pasqua, in retrospect, was an underrated offensive player up until 1992. Felsch was overshadowed by others on the White Sox, but had he not been consorting with Gandil and the others he would have had an outside chance at the HOF.
But Pasqua looked as good in those unis as Charlie Sheen did in the movie!
Those 1917 White Sox were one of the best teams of the decade. Yes, the 1919 team got the glory, probably because of their nefarious deeds, but the 1917 squad was better.
Thirteen position players were the same. The 1919 squad had a better OPS+ and scored 12 more runs in 16 fewer games.
But the pitching was better in 1917. The 1917 Sox used eight pitchers. Mellie Wolfgang, who had a great 1916, came up with a lame arm and was used just for 17 2/3 of relief. (Yes, Mellie Wolfgang – they also had two youngsters named Zeb Terry and Ziggy Hasbrook.) Dave Danforth was used as a ‘closer’ as much as anyone. Manager Pants Rowland (yep, Pants) used him in relief 41 times with nine starts, and he was 11-6 with 9 saves. Four pitchers (Cicotte, Faber, Russell, Scott) had ERAs under 2.00. Lefty Williams had the worst ERA of the staff – at 2.97.
The Sox rolled through the AL by nine games. In the World Series against the Giants, it was tied at two games each when Pants Rowland showed his mettle. Reb Russell started Game Five and lasted three batters, leaving with one run on the board and runners on second and third. Cicotte allowed just one of the runs in, and he, Williams and Faber controlled the game the rest of the way on the way to an 8-5 win, a 3-2 series lead and a series win.
The 1919 staff had Cicotte, Williams and Faber, but Faber wasn’t as effective and didn’t play in the 1919 series. Danforth was also a mess all season. Old pro Grover Lowdermilk joined the staff along with “Busher” Dickie Kerr. There were 11 others that pitched for the Sox that season – including Reb Russell who lasted two batters in his only appearance. His arm hurting, Russell went down to the minors, became an outfielder, and made the majors again for the Pirates a few years later.
So even though the 1919 Sox would never be honored, the 1990 Sox did right by honoring the 1917 squad, especially with their pitching staff.
And at least their platoon DH could model the uniform like no one else.