Today in White Sox History: October 17

No. 1372 in your hearts: Happy 50th, Chris Tremie! (Fleer)


1969 — Every so often in the offseason, there’s just not much of White Sox historical import. So on those occasions, at least on some days, we’ll pull something out of left field … or from No. 1372 in a minor league card set.

Above is Chris Tremie, who turns 50 years old today. Tremie began his career, as this 1994 baseball card image above indicates, with the White Sox, drafted in the 39th round (No. 1,100 overall) in 1992.

He is a Houston native, and made a relatively quick ascent to the majors after playing for the University of Houston Cougars, seeing his first (and only) time with the White Sox in 1995, under the guidance of beer league manager Terry Bevington. Tremie slashed .167/.200/.167 in 10 games, helping to explain why he wouldn’t resurface in the majors again until 1998.

He debuted on July 1, 1995, catching Brian Keyser and Tim Fortugno in an 11-5 win over Kansas City at Kauffman Stadium. The best game of his career (per WPA) came a week later, when he piled up a modest .011 WPA on a 1-for-2 night vs. the Baltimore Orioles; Tremie hit a duck snort to center off of future Hall-of-Famer Mike Mussina in the fifth inning. The hit, chasing a seeing-eye leadoff single from Craig Grebeck to lead off the inning, increased White Sox chances of winning 6%.

It was very likely the highlight of his major league career.

But that’s not to say Tremie hasn’t made an impact. He was part of five different organizations as a player. After being released from the Florida Marlins organization in 2000, Tremie played independent league ball before fighting his way back toward the majors, four years later, catching one inning for the Houston Astros. And while he only saw action in 22 MLB games, with a career bWAR of -0.4, Tremie played in nearly 1,000 minor league games over 14 seasons.

Now an instructor in the Cincinnati Reds organization, until recently Tremie was the long time manager for Cleveland at Triple-A.

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I love this. More of these, please.