Monday, November 9, 2009

TTM Success: Chuck Essegian

Chuck Essegian 1961

Chuck is a member of the "1 game as an Oriole" club; he appeared for the O's on April 11, 1961 as a pinch-hitter. He didn't strike out but got out in some other manner so he went 0-1 at the plate in his Orioles career. He was replaced before playing the field so that closed the book on his time with the Birds.

Overall, Chuck played six years in the Majors for six different teams and was used mostly as a 4th outfielder. His MLB career highlight was definitely hitting a then-record two pinch-hit homers for the Dodgers against the White Sox in the 1959 World Series. That record has since been equaled by the Red Sox' Bernie Carbo in the '75 WS. In a strange coincidence, I blogged about Al Smith last week, who was a member of the '59 White Sox team that Chuck's home runs helped to defeat for the championship.

I also discovered that he is one of only two guys to have played in a Rose Bowl and the World Series. That's some pretty cool stuff right there.


kasliwi said...

Bernie Carbo's still out!

Orioles Magic said...

I knew you were gonna say something about that!