Thursday, March 14, 2019

Happy Pi(e) Day

Happy Pi Day here in the United States! 3.14, March 14th... You get it? Hopefully we get off on the right "foot" with Felix Pie.

Pie Traynor got his nickname because he had a sweet tooth. As a kid, he and other kids in the neighborhood would go to the corner store owned by the family of one of the kids, and Harold would always ask for a slice of pie. Kids called him "Pie Face," and then eventually just "Pie."

What do John Goryl, Orlando Mercado, Bill McCool, and Avisail Garcia all have in common?

That's right - they are all on card #314

Reggie Smith is featured here on his sunset card with Rookie Ryne Sandberg. Smith retired with 314 career homers.

Hall of Famer Gaylord Perry may look like he's just resting on his laurels, but you'd better believe he's earned it - he had 314 Career wins.

In 1986, Fernando Valenzuela led the National League with 21 victories. He had 20 complete games, won a Gold Glove, and was 2nd in the Cy Young voting. That sharp slice of cheddar on top? Why his ERA that season was 3.14 !!!

In 1995, Jim Thome had 25 homers and scored 92 runs. Cleveland made it all the way to the World Series for the first time since 1954. That was great, but best of all, Thome had 142 hits in 452 at bats which means his batting average was .314159 !