Rick “Big Daddy” Reuschel was the anchor of the Giants staff in the late 1980s. He was not the anchor because of his girth– listed as a healthy 235–but he was actually pretty good on the mound. After a successful and noteworthy stint in the 70s with the Cubs, he resurrected his career upon his 1987 arrival in San Francisco, after Roger Craig taught him the split-fingered fastball.
Thanks to his cat-like reflexes, he won a Gold Glove in ’87. He even pinch-ran several times, a testament to his surprising athleticism.
In 1988 and 1989, he compiled 36 victories, with ERAs of 3.12 and 2.94, respectively. He was the National League starter in the ’89 All-Star game and led the G-Men to the World Series.
His real name is Rickey, but he went by Rick. Weird, huh?
In 1997, Reuschel found himself on the Hall of Fame ballot. He received two votes. His 0.4% of the vote fell 74.6% shy of the requisite.
Since hanging up his cleats, “Big Daddy” has retreated to the bucolic Midwest, where he runs his family’s farm along with his brother Paul, who also pitched in the big leagues.
Rick Reuschel [The Baseball Page]