Today (1963): Happy Birthday, Lenny Dykstra. How We Love Thee…

JoeSportsFanSenior Analyst IFebruary 10, 2010

February 10, 1963

On this day 47 years ago, Leonard Kyle Dykstra was born in this world as part of a prodigy science experiment that tested the affects of tobacco dribble on an in vitro fertilization.  Today, he’s the subject of countless quips about his financial shortcomings.

On Episode 23 of our podcast, we asked the question, “If you could have one athlete write a current tell-all autobiography himself, who would you choose?”  Lets get a little graphical, and then let us count the ways.


If Lenny Dykstra doesn’t fit the criteria of “autobiography worthy”, we’re not sure who does.

  • His birthday is one day after John Kruk’s.  We’re guessing the Phillies locker room hosted some decent parties in the mid 90’s that produced a hybrid aroma of Busch beer, sweat, and pinetar.
  • Coupled with fellow New York Mets second baseman, he may have been the origin behind the word “scrappy”.
  • In 1991, he suffered fractured ribs, a broken cheekbone, and a fractured collarbone while driving drunk with teammate Darren Daulton.  Time traveling may have been involved.
  • In 2005, Dykstra’s ex-business partner alleged that Dykstra took steroids and HGH throughout the course of his career.
  • Despite being lauded as an investment genius, and listing a net worth of $58 million in 2008, he filed for bankruptcy in 2009.
  • During his bankruptcy pleas, he auctioned off his 1986 World Series ring.
  • He’s back and selling investment advice in the stock market at a new Web site called “Nails Investments“.
  • His son is named “Cutter“.

Frankly, we think an entire chapter of Dykstra’s autobiography should be devoted to the process/creation of the beefcake “NAILS” poster.

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