Do You Know Who This Guy Is?
May 8, 2013 • 512 views
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On this date in 1973 only 4,777 people came out to see the San Francisco Giants host the St. Louis Cardinals at Candlestick Park.
The Giants were 22-9, the Cardinals were 5-19. In the eighth inning San Francsico catcher Dave Rader was lifted for a pinch hitter. That hitter was Chris Arnold, Arcadia class of ’65.
Arnold walked and later scored when Bobby Bonds singled to left field as the Giants took a 9-7 victory.
Not profound until you see who was playing in this game. The Cardinals had Hall of Famers Bob Gibson and Lou Brock on the field. The Giants line up featured not only Bonds (homered), but Dave Kingman (homered), Gary Matthews, Tito Fuentes, and Hall of Famer Willie McCovey (homer/triple).
Arnold an 11th round draft pick of the Giants in June draft of 1965 played parts of six seasons (1971-1976) with the Giants and then went on to play three years in Japan.
Used largely as a utility infielder/pinch hitter, Arnold batted .237 with four home runs and 51 runs batted in during his career. Two of his four home runs came off Hall of Famers Phil Niekro and Steve Carlton.
Arnold now lives in Denver, Colorado where he runs a succesful sports agency.