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Making your debut in Bronx County, New York
2008-06-20 17:00
by Bob Timmermann

I apologize for stepping into Bronx Banter territory here, but I was intrigued by this wire service story announcing that the Reds will have 22-year old rookie Daryl Thompson make his major league debut in Yankee Stadium as a starting pitcher.

From massaging Baseball-Reference's Play Index, I found 16 other visiting pitchers who made their big league debut as a starting pitcher since 1956. The Yankees are 8-8 in those games.

There are some great names on the list. Literally great names. Such as Beiker Graterol. Beiker never pitched again in the majors.

And there was Robinson Checo. At one point, the Boston Red Sox and Hiroshima Carp were involved in an international struggle to for the rights to sign Robinson Checo. And by the time his career was over, teams were trying to tell him the wrong address for their spring training camps so he wouldn't show up. (There's a possibility that this last part may not be entirely true.)

In 1996, the Angels had TWO pitchers debut at Yankee Stadium. And one was the famous Shad Williams. The other was Jason Dickson. He was an All-Star in 1997. Really, he was.

The last four visiting pitchers who have debuted at Yankee Stadium have all been Venezuelans: the aforementioned Graterol, Anibal Sanchez, Gustavo Chacin, and Eduardo Villacis.

The best game by a visiting rookie at Yankee Stadium was by Boston's Billy Rohr who came within one out of a no-hitter back on April 14, 1967.

And the best pitcher I could find who made his debut as a visitor at Yankee Stadium was this guy.

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