Monday, May 9, 2016

#473 Dan McGinn

All around athlete from Nebraska...excelled at football in high was Quarterback and punter, fought  over by home state Nebraska and Norte Dame.....Golden Domers won out but could not break starting line up.....also dabbled in baseball.... MLB employment came with expansion via Reds farm system...The left hander was invaluable during the Expo’s first year...was second in NL pitching appearances....was very impressive  at start of season  at the bat...hit the first Expos home run ever against Tom Seaver while he was the first Expo reliever the game winning hit in the Expos first home game and his first  career win...finished season with 3.96 ERA which was below team average...Returned for 1970 but lost effectiveness...finished with 7-10, record same as 1969, and a ballooned ERA...experiment with starting failed....1971 showed no improvement and lost playing time and had a stint in minors....Traded to the Chicago Cubs prior to 1972....found work but was winless in five decisions with ERA still near 6 runs a game....played one more year in the minors before retiring.

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