Foote was Montreal's strong-armed starting catcher from his rookie 1974 season (when
he recorded career highs of 60 RBI and .262) until 1977. On April 22, 1980, playing
for the Cubs against the Cards, he had eight RBI, including a game-winning grand
slam. Following his playing career he managed in the Yankee farm system.
FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»June 4, 1970: In the June draft, the Padres select high school catcher Mike Ivie as the number-one pick and sign him in three days to a $100,000 contract. He'll play in the ML 11 years but catch only nine games in the bigs because of a phobia about throwing the ball back to the pitcher. Choosing next, the Indians take Stanford P Steve Dunning, who will debut in 10 days. Catchers Barry Foote (Expos) and Darrell Porter (Brewers) go next. The Pirates wait till the 14th round to take Dave Parker. Rich Gossage goes in the 9th round to the White Sox; Rick Reuschel to the Cubs (3); pitcher Dale Murphy to the Braves (18th). The Giants took Randy Moffitt and Chris Speier on the first round in January and repeat the good first round picks today with John D'Acquisto and Dave Kingman. The Reds take prep SS Gary Polczynski in the first round, but have better luck in the 8th (Will McEnaney), the 10th (Ray Knight) and the 19th (Pat Zachry). The Phillies, Royals, Dodgers, and Angels pick 5th, 8th, 9th and 10th on the first round and also come up with duds. Future seventeen-year major leaguer Frank White goes undrafted today.
»April 22, 1980: In a classic Wrigley Field slugfest, the Cubs beat the Cardinals 16–12 on Barry Foote's 2-out grand slam in the bottom of the 9th. Foote drives in eight runs overall with four hits and two home runs, and teammate Ivan DeJesus hits for the cycle to help Chicago rally from a 12–5 deficit.