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Friday, February 16, 2007

Find Les Straker!

We need your help finding Les Straker, former Minnesota Twins pitcher who pitched Games 3 and 6 of the 1987 World Series. Les’ attendance is essential for the 20-year reunion of the 1987 World Series championship (Aug 17-19, 2007).

There’s a $100 reward for the first tip that successfully finds Straker and leads to his appearance at the ‘87 Twins reunion.  He’s the only player from that team the Twins have been unable to find.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: February 16, 2007 at 12:19 AM | 17 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Sandlapper Spike Posted: February 16, 2007 at 12:38 AM (#2298673)
Found:

http://www.twincities.com/mld/twincities/sports/16684918.htm

He's a pitching coach for the Phillies' Venezuelan academy.
   2. A triple short of the cycle Posted: February 16, 2007 at 12:39 AM (#2298674)
I'm guessing if the team cannot locate him, either 1) he doesn't want to be found, or 2) some misfortune has befallen him.

I have not seen him in Oakland or San Francisco.

Hope he turns up safely.
   3. Paul Posted: February 16, 2007 at 12:44 AM (#2298676)
There’s a $100 reward for the first tip that successfully finds Straker and leads to his appearance at the ‘87 Twins reunion. He’s the only player from that team the Twins have been unable to find.



How much will they pay for finding Kirby Puckett and bringing him to the reunion?
   4. A triple short of the cycle Posted: February 16, 2007 at 12:50 AM (#2298681)
Or 3) the team didn't look very hard.
   5. Hello Rusty Kuntz, Goodbye Rusty Cars Posted: February 16, 2007 at 12:51 AM (#2298682)
How much will they pay for finding Kirby Puckett and bringing him to the reunion?

Same as they'll pay for Joe Niekro.
   6. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 16, 2007 at 12:51 AM (#2298683)
Les Straker pitched 237 innings in his career. I wonder if that's the lowest ever for a guy who started a WS game!
   7. Hello Rusty Kuntz, Goodbye Rusty Cars Posted: February 16, 2007 at 12:59 AM (#2298691)
Les Straker pitched 237 innings in his career. I wonder if that's the lowest ever for a guy who started a WS game!

Not if Justin Verlander retires right now. As a White Sox fan, I think he should retire to secure the record.
   8. Hello Rusty Kuntz, Goodbye Rusty Cars Posted: February 16, 2007 at 01:01 AM (#2298694)
Although Anthony Reyes is currently under 100 career innings.
   9. Guapo Posted: February 16, 2007 at 02:13 AM (#2298739)
I wonder if that's the lowest ever for a guy who started a WS game!

Frank Tanana says hi.

(He has nothing to do with this unanswered trivia question, he just was in the neighborhood and wanted to say hello.)
   10. crict Posted: February 16, 2007 at 02:50 AM (#2298754)
Les Straker pitched 237 innings in his career. I wonder if that's the lowest ever for a guy who started a WS game!


Thought I had a winner in Tony Saunders, but he reached 300 career IP.
   11. 185/456(GGC) Posted: February 16, 2007 at 03:08 AM (#2298761)
Les Straker should be a Reggie Cleveland all-star. I expected a guy that looked like a younger version of Les Nessman; not some Venezuelan. I'm old enough to remember him, but I spent most of his career in the Amry and wasn't really following baseball much at the time.
   12. King Kaufman Posted: February 16, 2007 at 03:50 AM (#2298776)
I'm glad they found him. For future reference, in all missing persons cases, always check the NHL broadcasts on Versus. The person might be there.
   13. Clint Posted: February 16, 2007 at 04:10 AM (#2298794)
I wonder if that's the lowest ever for a guy who started a WS game!

Karl Spooner beats him handily. Started game 6 of the 1955 series for the Dodgers. 116.2 career IP.
   14. Dan Szymborski Posted: February 16, 2007 at 04:34 AM (#2298804)
How much will they pay for finding Kirby Puckett and bringing him to the reunion?

Finding a black guy, shaving his head, and giving him a lifetime supply of pop tarts is probably less of a hassle than exhuming Original Puckett.
   15. Roger Cedeno's Spleen Posted: February 16, 2007 at 04:43 AM (#2298809)
Zombie Puckett would be pretty damned scary... would take a LOT of brains to keep him/it happy...
   16. Starring RMc as Bradley Scotchman Posted: February 16, 2007 at 09:33 AM (#2298849)
As a Tigers fan, I hope Straker joins the rest of the '87 Twins...in HELL!!! MuwahahaHA...!! (thunder.wav)

Yes, I'm bitter.
   17. John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: February 16, 2007 at 04:45 PM (#2298973)
Straker, listen, and you listen close: going to a 20-year reunion is no different than riding a bicycle, just a lot harder to put baseball cards in the spokes.

- R. Kramer

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