Before bat flips there was the “Mad Hungarian”

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I started a new thing last week by opening one new wax-pack a day as long as I can still get them cheap. Right now, I’m working on a 1981 box of Fleers, 36 packs, over a one month’s worth of fun.

I had some good choices today for the subject of my Pack-a-Day post, but this one won the coin flip.

Al Hrabosky was way before his time. His persona on the pitching mound, normally the sanctum of the emotionless pitcher, seemed to fit better the old fat guys on Saturday night “Rasslin” from the Fort Worth Coliseum.

But, Al was not only a spectacle, he was a change-of-pace hard-throwing pitcher who wore his mad-at-the-world face even as he left the bullpen to take the ball from the manager.

I found this video on YouTube that is especially entertaining. I wonder how many suspensions Al would have had in today’s baseball. Take a look.

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