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Ralph Pierre "Pete" LaCock, Jr. (born January 17, 1952) is a former Major League Baseball first baseman/outfielder. He batted and threw left-handed. In 1975, he hit the only grand slam of his career, in the final appearance by St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Bob Gibson.

Pete LaCock
Pete LaCock.jpg
Pete LaCock in March 2011
First baseman
Born: (1952-01-17) January 17, 1952 (age 67)
Burbank, California
Batted: Left Threw: Left
MLB debut
September 6, 1972, for the Chicago Cubs
Last MLB appearance
October 5, 1980, for the Kansas City Royals
MLB statistics
Batting average.257
Home runs27
Runs batted in224
Teams

CareerEdit

LaCock was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the first round (20th pick) of the 1970 January Draft-Regular Phase.[1] His minor league career included leading the Texas League with 84 bases on balls while playing for the San Antonio Missions in 1971 and with 13 triples and 93 bases on balls while playing for the Midland Cubs in 1972.[2]

Due to LaCock's success in the minor league system, he was accepted to the major leagues, where he played for the Cubs (1972–1976)[3] and the Kansas City Royals (1977–1980).[3] In 1981, he played in Japan for the Yokohama Taiyo Whales.[3]

In nine seasons (715 games), he hit 27 home runs with 224 RBI and a batting average of .257. He was a good fielder at both first base and in the outfield, but never became an everyday player. He was often used as a pinch hitter and/or defensive replacement, and sometimes as a designated hitter. He was granted free agency on October 24, 1980, though he never played another major league game.[3]

In 1989, he played for the St. Petersburg Pelicans and Winter Haven Super Sox of the Senior Professional Baseball Association.[3]

CoachingEdit

He managed the Niagara Stars of the Canadian Baseball League in 2003.[4] After serving as the hitting coach for St. Joe Blacksnakes (now defunct) of the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball during the 2007 season,[2] he was hired in 2008 as hitting coach for the Lincoln Saltdogs of the American Association, resigning his position in mid-July.[4] Since then, he's journeyed as a hitting coach with the Tucson Toros of the Golden Baseball League in 2009,[4] the North American League Schaumburg Flyers in 2010, and the Kevin Costner owned Lake County Fielders (also of the North American League) in 2011.[5]

In 2012 LaCock served as head coach of the Cronulla Sharks baseball club, in the NSW major league competition in Sydney, Australia. In 2012, he managed the Prescott Montezuma Federals of the Freedom Pro Baseball League.[6]

Personal lifeEdit

LaCock is the son of Hollywood Squares host Peter Marshall, as well as the nephew of actress Joanne Dru.[2] Since his retirement from baseball, LaCock has competed in several marathons and triathlons, many of which raise funds for the Leukemia Society of America.[4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "1st Round of the 1970 MLB January Draft-Regular Phase". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2016-03-31.
  2. ^ a b c "The 100 Greatest Royals of All-Time - #85 Pete LaCock". Royals Review. 15 October 2007. Retrieved 6 September 2017.
  3. ^ a b c d e MEYERS, JEFF (19 September 1990). "WHERE ARE THEY NOW?: PETE LaCOCK : Baseball Nomad Finds a Home in the Midwest : Family man: After a brief but unpleasant stay in Japan, former Taft High standout is happily settled in Kansas City". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 6 September 2017.
  4. ^ a b c d Star, Sarah Trotto Arizona Daily. "Ex-Cub, batting coach LaCock is a heavy hitter for charity as well". Arizona Daily Star. Retrieved 6 September 2017.
  5. ^ "NAL soap opera continues; Johnson, LaCock walk away second time". Ballpark Digest. 20 July 2011. Retrieved 6 September 2017.
  6. ^ "Montezuma Federals hope to thrive in Prescott as charter member of Freedom League". dcourier. Retrieved 6 September 2017.

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