Friday, January 23, 2015

Big D in the MLB?! 1/23/15

Hey baseball fans!

Today is my dad's birthday! In honor of this special day in the Nadel household, I'm going to talk about a Hall of Famer on my dad's childhood favorite basketball team: the New York Knicks.

In the NBA2K games, there is this mode called MyTeam, where you pick up players from all across NBA history and play with them against other opponents online. One of the players who I had on my NBA2K14 MyTeam roster was Basketball Hall of Famer, Dave DeBusschere. Big D, as he was nicknamed, played with the Detroit Pistons and New York Knicks as a forward in the National Basketball Association from 1962-1974. But did you know that he actually played in the MLB before he became an NBA star? Just to let you know, just like NFL Hall of Fame member Deion Sanders, DeBusschere was a two-sport athlete that was a HoFer in the sport that wasn't baseball. However, he still played America's Pastime professionally.

So Big D signed with the Chicago White Sox as an amateur free agent before the start of the 1962 season as a pitcher and during his White Sox career from 1962-1963, he was used mostly as a reliever, but did start ten career games on the mound. DeBusschere finished his first MLB campaign with an ERA of 2.00 in 18 innings pitched. In his second and final MLB season, he started ten games, appeared in 24, and posted a record of 3-4. One of his wins in '63 was actually a shutout of the Indians. On August 13th, 1963, Dave pitched the full nine innings against Cleveland at Comiskey Park, gave up six hits and a walk, and struck out three. He retired from baseball after the 1963 season to pursue a full-time career in the NBA.

Thanks for reading this post and if you see my dad today, wish him a happy birthday. I hope you enjoyed this post and check back soon for more of "all the buzz on what wuzz."

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