Players most similar to | Bevacqua ranked fourth on Ray Robinson’s list of the 12 best bench jockeys of all time. The others were Billy Martin, Earl Weaver, Bill Rigney, Leo Durocher, Eddie Stanky, Jimmy Dykes, Frankie Frisch, Lefty Gomez, Whitey Ford, John McGraw and Dizzy Dean.
Career statistics | .236/.305/.327, 970 games, 379 as PH
Career year (1977) 5 HRs, 28 RBIs, .333/.365/.604 in 96 at-bats
Teams | Cleveland (1971-72), Royals (73-74), Pirates (74), Brewers (75-76), Rangers (77-78), Padres (79-80), Pirates (80-81), Padres (82-85)
BUMBLE GUM BLOWING CHAMPION | 1975
Acquired (1) | Traded by the Rangers with Bill Fahey and Mike Hargrove to the Padres for Oscar Gamble, Dave Roberts and $300,000 in cash on Oct. 25, 1978.
Gone (1) | Traded by the Padres with a player to be named later to the Pirates for Rick Lancellotti and Luis Salazar on Aug. 5, 1980.
Acquired (2) | Signed as a free agent with the Padres on April 2, 1982.
Gone (2) | Released by the Padres on March 24, 1986.
THE LASORDA RANT | 1982
The Kurt Bevacqua Library
• Prayer for Expansion, Part 1 | Cardboard Gods (March 27, 2007)
• Prayer for Expansion, Part 2 | Cardboard Gods (March 28, 2007)
• Where have you gone, Kurt Bevacqua? | MLB.com (Aug. 15, 2002)
• Pinch-Hitter’s Pinch-Hitter | Los Angeles Times (March 27, 1985)
Catcher | Ted Simmons, Cardinals
First base | Steve Garvey, Dodgers
Second base | Davey Lopes, Dodgers
Third base | Ron Cey, Dodgers
Shortstop | Larry Bowa, Phillies
Left field | George Foster, Reds
Center field | Garry Maddox, Phillies
Right field | Dave Parker, Pirates
Starting pitchers | Phil Niekro, Atlanta
2. Vida Blue, Giants
3. Bob Knepper, Giants
4. J.R. Richard, Astros
5. Gaylord Perry, Padres
Reliever | Gene Garber, Phillies-Atlanta
Toughest omission | Jack Clark, Giants
— Kevin Brewer