February 9, 1961
On this day 49 years ago, Jonathan Martin Kruk was born into the world. He made his Major League Baseball debut on April 7, 1986 for the San Diego Padres. In 1989, the Padres dealt Kruk to the Philadelphia Phillies for Chris James – who played for 8 different teams in five years following the trade because he was terrible. He also never had a mullet.
You know who did? John Kruk.
As Kruk’s mullet and overall tobacco girth blossomed with the Phillies, he was voted into the All-Star Game in 1991, 1992, and 1993.
Today, Kruk is a co-host on ESPN’s “Baseball Tonight” and writes one of the most appropriately-named sports columns in the world; “Chewing the Fat“.