Richie Zisk

Bats: R Throws: R
Height: 73 Weight: 200
Born: Sunday, February 06, 1949 in Brooklyn, NY USA
Died: in ,
Debut: 9/8/1971
Last Game: 9/21/1983
Full Name: Richard Walter Zisk

Richie Zisk, outfielder for the 1971-76 Pirates. He was a third round draft pick of the Pirates out of high school in 1967. Zisk spent six seasons in the minors, hitting .300 with 129 homers before earning an Opening Day job in the majors. He played 24 games with the Pirates between the 1971-72 seasons. In 1973 he was the everyday right fielder for the last two months of the season. He played 103 games that year, hitting .324 with 54 RBIs and finishing ninth in the Rookie of the Year voting. The 1974 season would see him finish ninth in the MVP voting, as he drove in 100 runs with a .313 batting average, the sixth highest total in the NL. He hit .290 with 20 homers and 75 RBIs in 1975, helping the Pirates to the playoffs for the second straight year. They would lose both years in the NLCS, but Zisk hit a combined .400, in what would end up being the only playoffs of his 13-year career.

In 1976, he set career highs with 91 runs and 35 doubles. He hit 21 homers (his high while with the Pirates) and drove in 89 runs. With Omar Moreno establishing himself and one season left before he hit free agency, plus a need for pitching help, the Pirates traded Zisk to the White Sox for Goose Gossage and Terry Forster on December 10, 1976. Zisk went on to hit 30 homers and drive in 101 runs in his only year in Chicago, making the All-Star team for the first time. He signed a five -ear deal with the Texas Rangers, playing three seasons of that deal before he was traded to the Mariners, where he finished his career in 1983. He was a career .287 hitter with 792 RBIs in 1,453 games.