A three-time minor league home run champ, Zisk replaced Roberto Clemente
right fielder in 1973. He moved to left field to accommodate stronger-armed Dave
Parker in 1975. From 1973 to 1976, Zisk averaged .299 with 17 HR a season, but felt
unappreciated among the Parkers and Stargells, saying he was "buried alive in Pittsburgh."
Manager Danny Murtaugh
thought Zisk was a lazy dreamer. Zisk welcomed his trade to
the White Sox for Goose Gossage
and Terry Forster
after the 1976 season and reached
career highs of 30 HR and 101 RBI in 1977. He then signed a lucrative ten-year contract
with Texas as a free agent. After three Ranger seasons, Zisk was traded to Seattle
and hit .311 as a DH in 1981, setting a Mariner record with homers in five straight
games, and earning AL Comeback Player of the Year honors. After multiple knee operations
and a wrist
injury, he retired after 1983.