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July 12, 1975: Cardinals fans celebrate eccentric pitcher with ‘We Hlove Hrabosky Hbanner Hday’

Article from the Society for American Baseball Research. Saturday, July 12, 1975, was probably the high point of Al Hrabosky’s eight-season tenure with the St. Louis Cardinals. After Los Angeles Dodgers manager Walter Alston declined to select Hrabosky for the National League All-Star team, the Cardinals front office responded with a special recognition day for Hrabosky when the…

Remembering the Career of Al Hrabosky

Very early one Sunday morning in the very late 1970s, I was behind the wheel of my truck with a couple of friends, parked outside of a country and western bar in Salina, Kansas, preparing for the drive home after a night of beer drinking and line dancing. Suddenly the doors to the bar flew open and a small cowboy burst out. He wasn’t your typical Kansas cowboy, he was Asian, quite possibly Japanese, and appeared to be about 5’6 and maybe 125 pounds. He gave his cowboy hat to a friend and proceeded to warm up with a series of kung fu moves. In those days, nobody called it martial arts. Everybody was kung fu fighting.


KC Royals History: Looking back at ‘The Mad Hungarian’

He came to the mound with his hair wild, a Fu Manchu, and a famously angry stare. Before the first pitch of each appearance with the KC Royals, he stepped behind the mound, looked out to center field, vigorously rubbed the ball between his hands, slammed it into his glove, stormed to the rubber, and stared intensely at the hitter. Only then was he ready to pitch.


Cardinals in class: Fredbird, Hrabosky visit Du Quoin Elementary

With an assist from the prankster mascot, Fredbird, former St. Louis Cardinals star pitcher and broadcaster Al Hrabosky spoke to students at Du Quoin Elementary School Tuesday, encouraging them to be responsible, be active and be themselves.

"Being a good student is like being a good teammate," Hrabosky said. "It takes a lot of hard work. If you work hard, you will be successful and your school will be, too."


Where Is Al Hrabosky ‘The Mad Hungarian’ Today?

Entire article at Al Hrabosky, aka, The Mad Hungarian, was one of the most intimidating MLB relief pitchers in the 1970s, and it started before he ever threw a pitch. Hrabosky pitched for the St. Louis Cardinals, Kansas City Royals, and Atlanta Braves, before retiring in 1982. Where is Al Hrabosky today?  Al Hrabosky was drafted in…