Card: 1969 Topps #213
"Though barely in his 20s, Bench comported himself like a veteran. During just his second season in the majors, he reckoned that the arm of his pitcher, Gerry Arrigo, was tiring. So Bench called for a curveball. Six years older than Bench, Arrigo declined. When Arrigo reared back and threw a fastball, Bench caught the pitch barehanded. Point made." (Sports Illustrated, 2018)
Gerald William Arrigo (born June 12, 1941 in Chicago, IL) is a former pitcher who appeared in 194 games in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Minnesota Twins, Cincinnati Reds, New York Mets and Chicago White Sox between 1961 and 1970.
His pro career began in 1960 in the White Sox organization, but after only one season in the Class D Midwest League, he was selected by the Twins in the first-year player draft then in effect. His first major league game occurred on June 12, 1961, when he started against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park.
Gerry threw two one-hit games in his career. On June 26, 1964, he had a no hitter going against the White Sox until Mike Hershberger hit a single to center in the top of the ninth inning. His second one-hitter, which came on April 29, 1967, lacked the suspense of the first, as he gave up the only hit of the game to the New York Mets' Jerry Grote in the first inning.
Gerry went on to play his final major league game with the White Sox, his original organization, on June 5, 1970. He retired from pro ball in 1971.
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