Thursday, January 22, 2009

#197 Diego Segui

Diego Segui by you.
I'm not sure what Diego Segui is doing with his right hand, and I don't think I want to know. Since this is a family blog, we'll just go ahead and say that he's trying to hang that red Athletics pennant. Yeah, that's the ticket.

Today I'm implementing a change in format. I never expected to have to play catchup with dozens of cards. Within a few months, my 1965 Topps card intake became a deluge rather than a trickle. I'm already working full-time and updating my other blog daily, and trying to find time to keep my website current. The posts on this blog are pretty time-consuming, most of them taking me a few hours to complete. I just feel like I'm always short on time, and something has to give. It's a good problem to have, because it means that this project is an ongoing success (we're at a whopping 42% complete). I'll still be offering fun biographical facts and statistics about each player, but I'll be posting them in list form. The longer posts are getting monotonous to write, as the largest part of them is just a recitation of year-by-year stat lines. If there's any kind of great outcry, I may reconsider, but this seems like a clean solution for the time being. I hope you'll keep reading.

Fun facts about Diego Segui:

-Among Cuban natives, ranks seventh all-time in wins in the majors leagues with 92. Luis Tiant leads the way with 229.

-Held the distinction of starting the first game in franchise history for both the Seattle Pilots (1969) and the Seattle Mariners (1977). Was the only player to appear in games for both Seattle franchises.

-Turned forty years old in 1977, earning him the moniker of "the Ancient Mariner".

-Working as a swingman for the Pilots in 1969, he led the club with 66 games pitched and 12 saves. He also won 12 games (second on the team) and posted a 3.35 ERA.

-In 1970, Diego went 10-10 for the Athletics but led the American League with a 2.56 ERA.

-With the 1973 Cardinals, he saved a career-high 17 games.

-From the "Minor League Baseball Ain't So Bad" Department: Segui spent two seasons pitching for the Hawaii Islanders of the Pacific Coast League (1961 and 1976).

-Baseball is the family business for the Seguis. Diego's brother Dario and son Dan played minor league ball, and his older son David was a first baseman in the majors from 1990 through 2004.

-Outfielder Dwight Evans was a teammate of both Diego (1974-75 Red Sox) and David (1991 Orioles).

Diego Segui (back) by you.


  1. Your format change isn't going to be a problem. Do what you need to do.

    I remember Diego from the mid-70's with the Cardinals and Red Sox. It seems like I remember he had a funky motion, although not anything as odd as Tiant.

    He has a farm outside Kansas City, KS and, from what I remember in the address list books autograph collectors use, David lives on the same road.

  2. I love those old KC A's yellow and green unis.

    I noticed that Segui played for both the Pilots and Mariners in Seattle. I wonder how many guys did that.

  3. Mayes - Thanks! Glad to have a voice of support. I also didn't realize that the Seguis still lived so close to one another. That's pretty neat.

    Bob - Diego was the only player to suit up for both Seattle teams. See the second bullet point in my post.

  4. Reading is fundamental. LOL

    Maybe I could blame your new format.

  5. Your efforts are appreciated. Its amazing how long it takes to write out a well put together post.


  6. Bob - Touche!

    Rick - Thanks for the kind words! :)

  7. I think Topps used pictures taken seconds apart for both the 1964 and 1965 cards. They did it again for the 1974 regular and traded cards. Interesting.