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Sparky Lyle
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Baseball Player
    (July 22, 1944- )
    Born in DuBois, Pennsylvania
    Birth name was Albert Walter Lyle
    Pitcher for the Boston Red Sox (1967-71), New York Yankees (1972-78), Texas Rangers (1979-80), Philadelphia Phillies (1980-82) and Chicago White Sox (1982)
    99-76 win-loss record
    2.88 ERA
    Three-time All Star (1973,1976-77)
    AL Cy Young Award winner (1977)
    Co-wrote 'The Bronx Zoo' (1979) and 'The Year I Owned the Yankees: A Baseball Fantasy' (1990)
    He never started a game, saying 'Why pitch nine innings when you can get just as famous pitching two?'
    He was relegated to a secondary role when the Yankees signed Goose Gossage (1978), prompting Graig Nettles to quip that Lyle had gone 'from Cy Young to sayonara.'
    He called his job as a casino greeter 'the best five years of my life.'
    He made a habit of planting his bare butt in the icing of birthday cakes during clubhouse celebrations.
    He is left-handed.
    He was the first relief pitcher to win the Cy Young Award in the American League.
    He came to the mound to the tune of 'Pomp and Circumstance,' starting the tradition of closing pitchers using a theme song for their entrance.
    'The Bronx Zoo' drew comparisons to Jim Bouton's 'Ball Four.'

Credit: C. Fishel

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