Once upon a time, for reasons not entirely clear to most of us (though I know the mustache factors in there somewhere), former Chicago Cubs pitcher/executive – currently working for the San Francisco Giants – Dick Tidrow gained cult status on this site. He has become something of an unofficial mascot, and it would be inappropriate for an event such as the BNBlogathon to go by without an appearance.

So, for your late night viewing pleasure, I present: Dick Tidrow, through the years.

  • jr5

    That’s a helluva stache.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      I kind of like the Yankees “I do what I want” look.

    • Jeff

      Now we know where Magnum P.I. got his look from in the 80’s

  • JulioZuleta

    Countdown to die hard reappearing 3…2…1…

    • MaxM1908

      Where the heck has he been? I kind of miss his inane analysis and chatter.

      • Internet Random

        No. No, you don’t.

  • Spriggs

    Forgot he was on the sox … Ouch

    • JulioZuleta

      Doesnt hurt as bad as Santo finishing his career with the Sox. A friend of mine made his Facebook picture a pic of Ronnie in his White Sox gear the other day. Nauseating,

      • Matt Emigh

        how are you friends with this person after something like that.

  • Sosascorkedbat

    Now thats a 1980’s porn stach if ive ever seen one :)

    • http://defeatingboredom.wordpress.com Rob

      Surely you jest. That is sexier than a porn ‘stache.

  • daveyrosello

    Another awful trade for the Indians there–Tidrow and Chris Chambliss to the Yankees for 4 nobodies. Ouch.

    I remember after the Cubs traded for Tidrow, he was a damn fine reliever for us for a couple of years on some REALLY bad Cubs teams of that era. Tidrow was tough on RH batters because he had a semi-submarine style pitching motion, and he got a lot of GB outs. Like so many relievers, his period of excellence was short-lived, and eventually he played his way off the Cubs.

    I looked over his career stats page before posting this to remind me of his exact numbers, his first year with the Cubs he was 11-5. How many relievers nowadays post 11 wins on the season? For a sub-500 ballclub? That’s impressive.

  • MichiganGoat

    YEAH bow down to the real reason we all exist

  • NCMoss

    Wow that’s a heck of a change between the first pic and the rest of them.

  • Drew Nash

    Kinda looks like Johnny Damon in the Cleveland card….

  • Idaho Razorback

    Great work today Brett. I just woke up. Off tonite after working 11 straight graveyards. Got 14 hours of sleep today! My favorite Tidrow card pictured is the 1981 Topps Coca Cola. I’ve got the Tidrow ‘stache going right now. My old lady hates it and friends say what the hell is that. I tell them that I’m gonna try out for a part in Boogie Nites 2.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Thanks, Idaho. Glad you could join us.

  • Shawn H

    This was before the Dick Tidrow Era with the Cubs, but when I was a kid, I had a poster on the wall of the 1977 Cubs. There was some quality facial hair, side burns and afros in that group.

  • Matt Emigh

    BNblogathon…like a slumber party with a group of friends who you have no freaking clue who they are but all still share a common interest with them.

  • CarneHarris

    That guy gets laid more than Jesus trying.

  • Jeff1969

    Funny stuff about Tidrow in Sparky Lyle’s book The Bronx Zoo. A must read. I’ll never understand how Tid could make all those starts with that delivery.

  • Katie

    Yes, I remember die hard having something to do with it, but maybe I’m way off.
    Keep on trucking Brett!!

    • Cubbie Blues

      Yes, and Brett was the first to start the Tidrow jokes.

      • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

        You are both correct. I suppose I meant – I don’t know how it happened that it caught on and became a thing.

  • a_mazz_ing

    Man. I wish I had Dick Tidrow’s hair and ‘stache to go with a black Firebird with a gold eagle on the hood.

  • Robbo

    He must have been on the Yankees pre-Steinbrenner era.

    Cut those sideburns Mattingly!

  • http://www,whyb2,com Bryce

    This just made Ron Swanson a happy man.

  • Patrick G

    I was part of NCAA Division III College World Series in 2009 and there was a program of previous record holders. One that caught my eye: Rusty Kuntz. Possibly best baseball name I’ve ever seen.

    • SFC_CubbieFan

      LIKE! That name, could see his name with a phrase something along the lines of, ” Rusty Kuntz on th mound again, digging deep and given it all he can!”

      • Patrick G

        Actually googled his name and was a MLB player. Other great names, Pete la Cock(Cubs) and Dick Pole

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