Kirk McCaskill

Kirk McCaskill

Infobox MLB retired
name=Kirk McCaskill

birthdate=birth date and age|1961|4|9
debutdate=May 1
debutteam=California Angels
finaldate=July 20
finalteam=Chicago White Sox
*California Angels (by|1985-by|1991)
*Chicago White Sox (by|1992-by|1996)
* 6th in the A.L. in wins in 1986 (17)
* Led the A.L. in loses in 1991 (19)

Kirk Edward McCaskill (b. April 9 1961, Kapuskasing, Ontario, Canada) is a retired Major League Baseball pitcher and a retired professional hockey player.

McCaskill played for two different ballclubs during his career: the California Angels (1985-1991), and Chicago White Sox (1992-1996). He made his Major League Baseball debut on May 1, 1985, and played his final game on July 20, 1996. He also, played professional hockey for the Sherbrooke Jets of the American Hockey League, a farm team for the NHL’s Winnipeg Jets [hockeydb|00009228] .

Baseball career highlights

All-ECAC in baseball and hockey as a collegiate student-athlete, Kirk was drafted in the fourth round of the 1982 amateur draft by the California Angels (88th overall), selected out of the University of Vermont, and would be the first baseball player from UVM to reach the Major Leagues since Jack Lamabe in 1962. He would debut in 1985, but his break-out season was 1986, with the American League West champion California Angels.

He compiled a win-loss record of 17-10, with a 3.36 earned run average, and 202 strikeouts.

He also totaled 10 complete games on the season. He would go on to have six seasons of ten or more wins, throw two one-hitters, rank in the American League top ten in shutouts and earned run average three times each.

Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame

In 2003, McCaskill was inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame, along with Joe Carter, Richard Bélec, and the Vancouver Asahi. In response to the news of induction, McCaskill was quoted as saying, "I am stunned by this wonderful news. I can't wait to tell my family and my parents. I am very proud of my Canadian heritage, and this is going to be an honour of a lifetime."

Hockey career highlights

McCaskill was drafted in the fourth round (64th overall) by the Winnipeg Jets in the 1981 NHL Entry Draft. He played only one season of professional hockey for the Sherbrooke Jets, a farm team for the Winnipeg Jets. During the 1983/84 season he scored 10 goals and added 12 assists for 22 points. He retired from professional hockey after this one season to focus on his professional baseball career.

Personal life

Kirk and his wife, Dana, have three sons: Riley, Reese, and Bennett. They reside in Rancho Santa Fe, California.

ee also

* Chicago White Sox all-time roster


External links

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