Sunday, August 19, 2012
On this day in 1972, Tony Muser makes the most out of his opportunity.
Trailing the Red Sox 3-0, going into the bottom of the ninth, the pitcher spot is set to lead off. Skipper Chuck Tanner removes pitcher Tom Bradley from the game and pinch hits Tony Muser to face Boston hurler Luis Tiant. Tony starts the ball rolling with a single to right fielder Reggie Smith. Unfortunately, a line out to Smith from Pat Kelly, a foul out to Red Sox third baseman Rico Petrocelli by Mike Andrews and a strikeout by Dick Allen ended any chance the Pale Hose may have had to rally. Tony, however, did get a hit off his former team in a late game situation.
Muser came to Chicago with Vicente Romo on March 31, 1971 from Boston in a trade that sent Duane Josephson and Danny Murphy to the Red Sox. Tony played first base, outfield and designated hitter for the ChiSox for parts of five seasons before being traded to the Baltimore Orioles on June 15, 1975 for Jesse Jefferson. Muser hit .280 over his five seasons in Chicago, but rarely hit more than a single.