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William Alan Laskey (born December 20, 1957) is a former professional baseball player who pitched in the Major League Baseball (MLB) from 1982 to 1986 and in 1988. He played collegiately for one season at Kent State University in 1978 after graduating from Toledo Woodward High School in 1975. He was drafted by the Kansas City Royals in the 2nd round of the 1978 amateur draft (June Secondary).

Bill Laskey
Bill Laskey 1983.jpg
Born: (1957-12-20) December 20, 1957 (age 61)
Toledo, Ohio
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 23, 1982, for the San Francisco Giants
Last MLB appearance
August 13, 1988, for the Cleveland Indians
MLB statistics
Win–loss record42–53
Earned run average4.14

In 1982, Laskey was selected to the All-Star Game but was persuaded by Tommy Lasorda to relinquish his roster spot to make room for a soon-to-retire Phil Niekro as a gesture. Niekro went on to pitch seven more years, and Laskey was never selected for another All-Star Game. Laskey has said he "never should have trusted Tommy Lasorda."

Fast FactsEdit

  • In 1982 as a rookie, Laskey won a career-high 13 games. He also led the Giants in victories that year.
  • He served as head softball coach at Aragon High School in San Mateo, California. He retired with a 78-62-3 overall record as their coach.
  • He is currently a baseball analyst for NBC Sports Bay Area the TV home of the San Francisco Giants.
  • Radio host/personality for KNBR the Sports Leader.
  • He has a street named after him Laskey Rd. in North Toledo.

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