October 25, 1978

Kurt Bevacqua



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)

BAZOOKA 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)