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Dan Quisenberry
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Baseball Player
    (February 7, 1953-September 30, 1998)
    Born in Santa Monica, California
    Submarine-style right-handed relief pitcher for the Kansas City Royals (1979-88), the St. Louis Cardinals (1988-89) and the San Francisco Giants (1990)
    Nickname was Quiz
    Career stats:
    Games pitched - 674
    Won/loss record - 56 wins, 46 losses
    ERA - 2.76
    Games saved - 244
    Strike-outs - 379
    Walks - 70
    Three All-Star selections (1982, 83 & 84)
    Five time AL Rolaids Relief Man of the Year (1980, 1982-85)
    World Series champ (1985)
    Authored a book of poetry titled 'On Days Like This' (1998)
    Died of a brain tumor in Leawood, Kansas at age 45
    He didn't start as a sub styled pitcher, his KC manager Jim Frey suggested he try it in 1980 due to his lack of a strong fastball.
    After the pitching conversion he was given a second, stupid nickname, 'The Australian,' for his 'down under' delivery.
    Slumping in 1988, he was sent packing by KC after the All-Star break.
    He once told a reporter looking for a quick quote 'I found a delivery in my flaw.'
    Never the same after leaving KC, he made just five appearances for the Giants before tearing his rotary cuff and retiring at age 37.
    Though his stats are similar to Hall of Famer Bruce Sutter, he was dropped from the HoF ballot in 1996 for receiving less than 5% of votes needed to remain on.
    His under arm style made up for his lack of power and he became a dominant reliever with pinpoint accuracy.
    He was the only pitcher to appear in all six games of the 1980 World Series.
    He was the first pitcher to record 40 saves in a season (45 in 1983) and the first to do so twice (44 in 1984).
    He was the first reliever to win the Rolaids Relief Man of the Year award five times.
    He was known for his quirky sound bites, such as 'Natural grass is a wonderful thing for little bugs and sinkerball pitchers,' and 'I've seen the future and it's much like the present only longer.'
    He said of his style, unlike fireball relievers who 'slammed the door' on opponents, he just 'closed the door quietly.'
    As a control pitcher his career walks per 9 innings pitched (1.397) is the lowest since Babe Adams retired in 1926.
    He donated his name, money and time to Harvesters, a charity helping to feed the hungry, stating 'I can't save the world, but at least I can feed my neighbors.'
    Even after being diagnosed with incurable brain cancer, he completed his book of poems, and despite headaches and blurred vision, delighted in giving poetry readings.
    When asked if he ever thought 'Why me?' after his diagnoses, he said 'No! Why not me? I've had a great life and a lot of blessings from God, but why am I any different from anyone else?'

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