Marichal, Juan (1937–)

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Marichal, Juan (1937–)

A native of Laguna Verde, the right-handed pitcher Juan Marichal, the "Dominican Dandy," was known for his high leg kick, pinpoint control, and such intimidating tactics as head-high, brush-back pitches and aggressive base running. Pitching primarily for the San Francisco Giants, he finished his sixteen-season career (1960–1975) with 243 victories, 142 losses, 244 complete games, 2,303 strikeouts, and a 2.89 earned run average over 3,507 innings. His image was marred when he attacked Dodger catcher John Roseboro in the head with a bat. Still, he was named to nine All-Star teams and elected to the Hall of Fame (1983). He later served as the Dominican Republic's minister of sports and also was a radio announcer.

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BIBLIOGRAPHY

Bjarkman, Peter C. Baseball with a Latin Beat: A History of the Latin American Game. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 1994.

Cruz, Héctor J. Juan Marichal: La historia de su vida. Santo Domingo, República Dominicana: Alfa & Omega, 1983.

                                          Joseph L. Arbena