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frank eufemia, 1986 topps #236, twins

Player: Eufemia, Frank

Card: 1986 Topps #236

Position: RHP

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"It's wrong to take it out on us. We're not to blame for this strike, and we're not going to determine it. Baseball has and will always remain one of the passions of my life. If someone can give me a good reason why I shouldn't go play it for money, I'm waiting to hear it. I certainly haven't heard it yet." (Frank Eufemia talking about replacement players during the 1994-1995 MLB baseball strike)

"(Debbie) Squiccimarri was visiting the (Mount St. Mary's University) campus on a frigid weekend when she blew her nose and lost the ring. 'I heard it go in. As soon as I moved to the bowl, it flushed -- and they're so loud, those flushes, it was like a freaky feeling when it went,' she said. 'I just screamed, Oh, my God! My ring!' She made a tearful call to her fiance, Frank Eufemia, 46, a former professional baseball player who teaches at the same high school. 'Is your arm caught in the toilet?' he asked her. 'Because if it's not, stop crying.' Later, he even joked: 'Well, that was a short engagement.'" - Columnist Fredrick Kunkle in the Washington Post (03/28/2006)

Frank Anthony Eufemia (born December 23, 1959 in the Bronx, NYC, NY) is a former Major League Baseball relief pitcher who played in 39 games for the Minnesota Twins in the 1985 season. Eufemia grew up in Bergenfield, New Jersey and attended Bergenfield High School. He was drafted by the Twins in the 18th round of the 1982 Major League Baseball draft.

Frank Eufemia had only one season in the majors, but he was pretty busy that year, pitching in 39 games and finishing 21 for the Minnesota Twins in 1985. He had a record of 4-2 with 2 saves and an ERA of 3.79 in a year when the American League overall ERA was 4.15.

Frank assumed his professional baseball career was over in 1991 after being released by the New York Mets during spring training. However, he was re-signed by the Mets when their AAA affiliate the Tidewater Tides had its pitching staff depleted because of injuries and call-ups in late 1992. He had been playing in an amateur league in New Jersey.

Frank Eufemia is the answer to a strange trivia question. Who did Buck Showalter announce as the opening day starter for the Yankees in 1995…but who never pitched for the Yankees? Frank’s dream was squashed when everyone else’s prayers were answered, and the 1995 season was rescued from the strike by then-Federal Judge Sonya Sotomayor. Frank had been recruited by Yankee's GM Gene Michael as a replacement player for the 1995 season, and then notified that he was to be the Yankee's opening day starter when the labor dispute was resolved, returning MLB players to work.

He has been an assistant coach at Montclair State University and Don Bosco Prep High School and been the pitching coach of the New Jersey Jackals. He has also been a physical education teacher at Pascack Hills High School, in Montvale, New Jersey.

He is in the Ramapo College of New Jersey Hall of Fame, and was inducted in 2004. He and Mark Leiter are the only major league ballplayers to come out of Ramapo.

(excerpted from Baseball Almanac, BR Bullpen & Wikipedia)

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