PRODcast 135′s Old School Player of the Week: Paul Reuschel
Many of you may be familiar with Paul Reuschel’s “little” brother Rick (little is in air-quotes because neither of them should be in the vicinity of that word) who had a successful big league career with the Cubs, Yankees, Pirates, and Giants in the 70s & 80s. Both brothers were built like more like musicians in the Country Bear Jamboree at Disneyland than professional sportsballers – gigantic, doughy, hirsute, hamhanded. mound-dwelling beasts. Think of Lennie Small from Of Mice & Men in a Cubs uniform. (For you youngsters out there, that’s a book, not a band. Books are like a sliver of internet, but printed out and bound. Lame right?) Paul oafed his way through portions of five seasons with the Cubs and Indians as a reliever and spot starter, and kinda did … nothing? 16-16, 4.51 ERA, 1.455 WHIP, walked almost as many batters as he struck out. In 1975, with the Cubes, he did manage to team up with his brother Rick to throw the only shutout by siblings in MLB history. The real story here is his build, his elite dadglasses, push-broom stache, bushy sideburns, slumped shoulders, and bologna neck. There’s a pretty strong Milton from Office Space look happening here, but there’s also a high school economics teacher vibe there too. We celebrate Paul Reuschel and his magnificent shoulder hair.