Dennis Eckersley, Starting Pitcher
One of the most iconic mustaches in the game of baseball got it’s start right here on the north shore.
Eck was a third round pick in 1972, and of course, the Indians squandered their future by trading him too early.
Apparently, the story goes that Eckersley’s wife at the time had become close to Rick Manning. The Indians needed to trade someone, before the you-know-what hit the fan.
"“I clearly remember that we knew what was going between Rick and Eckersley’s wife,” said Paul. “We had to trade someone before the whole thing blew up in our faces. Manning had the bad back, and his trade value was down. Besides, I really thought he’d be one of the great stars. Boston wanted Eckersley badly, so we made the deal. It turned out that Eckersley became the star. He always was a great performer and he never let his troubles affect his pitching.”"
For the Red Sox, Eckersly went on to win 20 games in each of his next two seasons.
Cleveland Indians baseball from 1960-1993. The worst 33-year span in the history of game. Yeah!