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Richie Zisk

Richie Zisk
Outfielder / Designated hitter
Born: (1949-02-06) February 6, 1949 (age 71)
Brooklyn, New York
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 8, 1971 for the Pittsburgh Pirates
Last MLB appearance
September 21, 1983 for the Seattle Mariners
Career statistics
Batting average .287
Home runs 207
Runs batted in 792
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Career highlights and awards

Richard Walter Zisk (born February 6, 1949) is a retired Major League Baseball player currently in charge of pro scouting in Florida for the Chicago Cubs.[1]

Pittsburgh Pirates

Zisk was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates out of Seton Hall University in the third round of the 1967 Major League Baseball Draft, and made his major league debut on September 8, 1971 replacing Roberto Clemente in right field in the eighth inning of Pittsburgh's 10-1 victory over the Chicago Cubs, and got a single in his first major league at-bat.[2] Zisk also made seventeen appearances with the 1972 Pirates, however, he was not on either team's post-season roster.

In Zisk's rookie season, 1973, he batted .324 with ten home runs. On June 9, 1974, he hit for the cycle in a 14-1 victory over the San Francisco Giants at Candlestick Park.[3] For the season, he led the Pirates with 100 runs batted in while also clubbing seventeen home runs. He made his only post-season appearances with the 1974 and 1975 Pirates. While batting an impressive .400 in the post-season, Zisk only scored one run and had no RBIs as the Pirates were swept in the 1974 and 1975 National League Championship Series by the Los Angeles Dodgers and Cincinnati Reds, respectively. Following the 1976 season, the Pirates traded Zisk along with Silvio Martinez to the Chicago White Sox for Terry Forster and Rich Gossage.

Chicago White Sox

His best season was in 1977, his lone year with the White Sox, when he hit 30 home runs and had 101 RBIs in addition to a .290 batting average. He started in left field for the American League in the 1977 All-Star game. He went two for three with a double and two RBIs.[4]

Texas Rangers

Zisk became a free agent at the end of the season, and signed with the Texas Rangers. He batted clean-up, and started in right field at the 1978 All-Star Game at San Diego Stadium in San Diego, California. For the season, Zisk batted .262 with 22 home runs and 85 RBIs splitting time between left field, right field and designated hitter.

Seattle Mariners

After three seasons in Texas, Zisk was traded to the Seattle Mariners with Brian Allard, Rick Auerbach, Ken Clay, Steve Finch and Jerry Don Gleaton for Larry Cox, Rick Honeycutt, Willie Horton, Mario Mendoza and Leon Roberts. His first season in Seattle, he batted .311 with sixteen home runs to earn 1981 AL Comeback Player of the Year honors. After three seasons as the Mariners' designated hitter, he retired after the 1983 season.

Career stats

Seasons Games AB Runs Hits 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO HBP Avg. Slg. OBP TB
13 1453 5144 681 1477 245 26 207 792 8 533 910 12 .287 .466 .353 2395

Personal life

Zisk played baseball at Parsippany High School.[5] The Daytona Cubs retired Richie's number 22 on July 20, 2007 with his family in attendance and on his bobblehead day. His younger brother, John, played a season in the Texas Rangers' organization, and two for the independent Wausau Timbers of the Midwest League.

In 2004, Richie Zisk was inducted into the National Polish-American Sports Hall of Fame. [1]

See also


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  2. ^ "Pittsburgh Pirates 10, Chicago Cobs 1". 1971-09-08. 
  3. ^ "Pittsburgh Pirates 14, San Francisco Giants 1". 1974-06-09. 
  4. ^ "1977 Major League Baseball All-Star Game". 1977-07-19. 
  5. ^ Taveras, Danny. "Classroom a thrill for teacher: Students say Caprio gives and receives respect, offers encouragement", Daily Record (Morristown), November 9, 2004. Accessed May 14, 2007. "Caprio fondly recalls some of his former students who achieved success in the world of sports -- Joe Orsulak, the former professional baseball player, and Johnnie Morant, a recent graduate who is now a rookie playing football for the Oakland Raiders. 'My most famous student is Richie Zisk,' he says of the former professional baseball player."

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