Saturday, September 14, 2013

One Game Wonders - Jay Loviglio

Jay Loviglio was signed as a free agent by the Philadelphia Phillies in 1977. He climbed through the minor league ranks to make his MLB debut in 1980. Even though he only played in 16 games, Topps gave him a Future Stars card in 1981.

Using cause and effect here, the White Sox traded for him for the 1981 season and Topps granted him another Future Stars card in his new uniform. (Although, I'm going out on a pretty big limb here and saying airbrushed.)

He played 29 games over the 1981 and 1982 seasons for the South Siders before the Cubs purchased his contract in the offseason. He split the 1983 season between the Double-A Midland Cubs and Triple-A Iowa Cubs (real original with the minor league team names back then, eh?) but did sneak into one game with the big league Cubs on July 26, 1983.

Pinch hitting for pitcher Warren Brusstar, Loviglio struck out against Fernando Valenzuela in the 7th inning. Valenzuela would strike out 8 other Cubs that day on route to a complete gameout 5-2 victory over the Cubs.

Loviglio stuck with the Cubs organization, managing for various teams in their minor league system from 1986-1991.

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