Alan Thomas Hrabosky
(The Mad Hungarian or Hungo)
- Bats Right, Throws Left
- Height 5' 11", Weight 185 lb.
- School Fullerton College
- HighSchool Savanna High School
- Debut June 16, 1970
- Final Game August 18, 1982
- Born July 21, 1949 in Oakland, CA USA
Known for his Fu Manchu mustache during his playing days, Al Hrabosky has been a broadcaster for the St. Louis Cardinals since 1985. Nicknamed "The Mad Hungarian" for the way he "psyched himself up" before each batter, turning his back to the plate, pounding the ball into his glove and working up visible anger, Hrabosky was actually a likable character. He was one of the first relievers to build up such a distinctive character, and it made him popular across baseball.
Besides the Cardinals, Al also pitched for the Kansas City Royals and Atlanta Braves before retiring in 1982. He logged 97 saves before "save inflation" took over and was considered one of the best firemen of his day, tying with Rawly Eastwick for the National League lead in saves in 1975.
Hrabosky played himself in the 1985 movie The Slugger's Wife.
- NL Reliever of the Year Award Winner (1975)
- NL Winning Percentage Leader (1975)
- NL Saves Leader (1975)
- Al Hrabosky (as told to George Vass): "The Game I'll Never Forget", Baseball Digest, June 1983, pp. 29-31.