How much is Juan Marichal worth?
|Net Worth:||$3 Million|
|Profession:||Professional Baseball Player|
|Date of Birth:||October 20, 1937|
About Juan Marichal
- Born: Oct. 20, 1937
- Hometown: Laguna Verde, Dominican Republic
- Height: 6-foot
- Weight: 185 pounds
- Bats: Right
- Throws: Right
- Family: Wife, Alma; six children, Rosie, Elsie, Yvette, Ursula Raquel, Charlene and Juan Antonio.
- Primary position: Starting pitcher
Before The Bigs:
- Grew up playing baseball in a small farming village in the Dominican Republic. Among his playmates were the Alou brothers — Felipe, Jesus and Matty, who all later played in the major leagues.
- Started out as a shortstop, switched to pitcher in his youth.
- Was drafted into the Dominican Air Force to pitch on the Air Force team.
- Signed for a $500 bonus by the San Francisco Giants and began professional play in the Dominican League in 1957, then in the minor leagues in 1958.
- Went 21-8 with a 1.87 ERA for Michigan City in the Class D Midwest League in 1958 at age 20, then 18-13 with a 2.39 ERA for Springfield of the Class A Eastern League in 1959. After an 11-5 record in 18 starts in 1960 for Class AAA Tacoma, he was called up to the majors with the Giants that July. He went 50-26 in the minors and was the second Dominican pitcher to ever make the majors.
- One of the best right-handed pitchers ever — despite never winning a Cy Young Award — he was known for his high leg kick (which effectively hid his pitches), pinpoint control and an intimidating style. He won more games than any other pitcher in the 1960s with 191. He was the first player from the Dominican Republic inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
- Finished in the top 10 in ERA in every season from 1963-69.
- Much like countryman Pedro Martinez a generation later, Marichal was a master of many pitches, which made him so difficult to hit. He threw fastballs, sliders, changeups, curveballs and screwballs at various arm angles.
- Was named to 10 NL All-Star teams and had an ERA of 0.50. He was the MVP of the 1965 game.
- Threw a shutout in his first MLB start against the Philadelphia Phillies on July 19, 1960, striking out 12 and giving up one hit and walking one. He then beat the eventual world champion Pittsburgh Pirates in his next start and then future Hall of Famer Warren Spahn and the Milwaukee Braves in his next start. Finished the season 6-2 with a 2.66 ERA in 11 starts.
- After winning 13 games in his first full season in 1961, he went 18-11 and led the Giants with a 3.36 ERA for a pennant-winner in San Francisco in 1962, a team that won 103 games. But he injured his hand in his only start in the World Series, trying to lay down a bunt against Whitey Ford of the New York Yankees. It turned out to be his only World Series appearance in his 16-year career. The Giants lost that series to the Yankees in seven games, losing 1-0 in Game 7.
- Went 25-8 with a 2.41 ERA in 1963, throwing a league-high 321 1/3 innings and striking out a career-best 248.
- Threw a no-hitter on June 15, 1963.
- On July 2, 1963, he was the winning pitcher in what’s called the greatest game ever pitched, when Marichal threw 16 shutout innings and Spahn threw 15 before giving up a solo home run to Willie Mays in the 16th to lose 1-0. Both threw complete games.
- Went 21-8 with a 2.48 ERA in 1964 and 22-13 with a 2.13 ERA in 1965. His 1965 season was overshadowed by an incident that scarred Marichal’s career. On Aug. 22 against Los Angeles, he attacked Dodgers catcher Johnny Roseboro with his bat after Roseboro threw the ball back to pitcher Sandy Koufax very close to Marichal’s ear. It touched off an ugly brawl, and Marichal was suspended for nine games and fined $1,750, then the largest fine in National League history. Roseboro later forgave Marichal and the two became friends before Roseboro’s death in 2002.
- Came back to win 25 games in 1966 with a 2.23 ERA in perhaps his finest season statistically. He gave up 228 hits and walked just 35 in 307 1/3 innings. He won a career-best 26 games in 1968, and led the NL in 1969 with a 2.10 ERA in 37 starts.
- Made his only other playoff start in 1971, as the Giants won the NL West, but San Francisco lost in the NLCS to the Pittsburgh Pirates. Marichal threw a complete game but lost 2-1 in Game 3. The Giants lost in four games.
- Afflicted by back pain and arthritis, he slumped in 1972 and 1973 and was sold to the Boston Red Sox in 1974. He went 5-1 in 11 starts, but was released. He finished his career with two starts for the Dodgers in 1975 before retiring at age 37.
- The incident with Roseboro affected his Hall of Fame candidacy, and he was not elected in his first two years of eligibility. After a personal appeal to voters by Roseboro, writers voted him into the Hall of Fame in 1983 with 83.7 percent of the vote, and he thanked Roseboro in his speech.
- His No. 27 uniform is retired by the Giants. There is a statue of Marichal outside AT&T Park.
- Son in law is former big-league pitcher Jose Rijo, who was MVP of the 1990 World Series with the Cincinnati Reds.
- Retired to a farm in the Dominican Republic.
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