Do You Know Who This Guy Is?

June 3, 2013 • 334 views

Thirty years ago today, May 29, 1983, 45,332 people went to Chavez Ravine and saw the San Francisco Giants beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 6-4. Max Venable’s two-run single in the top of the ninth off of Dave Stewart gave the visitors the win.

On the hill for the first six innings for the Giants was San Gabriel Matador alum (Class of ’70) Mike Krukow. He gave up nine hits, allowed just two runs, and struck out five. He also went two for three at the plate.

Krukow was drafted by the California Angels as a catcher out of San Gabriel in 1970 but did not sign. After a successful stint at Cal Poly Pomona he was drafted, as a pitcher, by the Chicago Cubs in the eighth round of the 1973 baseball draft and stayed with the team through 1981.

He made his MLB debut lat in 1976 and finished his career in 1989. In between he won 124 games, lost 117, and enjoyed his best season in 1986 when he went 20-9 for the Giants and finished third in the National League Cy Young vote.

In December of 1981 he was traded by the Cubs to the Philadelphia Phillies for Keith Moreland, Dickie Noles, and Alhambra alum (’72) reliever Dan Larson. One year later he was traded to the Giants in the deal that brought Al Holland and Joe Morgan to the Phillies.

Krukow is now a color commentator for the Giants baseball games and lives in San Luis Obispo during the offseason with his family.

Note: Homering for the Giants in this game thirty years ago for the Giants was Darrell Evans and Gladstone High School product Jack Clark (that JACK CLARK), who took Dodger reliever Joe Beckwith yard in the fifth.

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