A submarine pitcher who suffered a boyhood injury that prevented him from throwing
overhand, Liska had a brief major league career. He excelled in the Pacific Coast
League, where, from 1936 to 1949, he won 248 games for Portland.
FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»May 16, 1930: Washington wins a doubleheader from Philadelphia and moves into first place. Bump Hadley wins the opener, 5–3, and Ad Liska adds a 3-hit 4–0 shutout in the nitecap, beating George Earnshaw. Joe Judge's 3-run homer in the 8th puts the game away.
»May 30, 1930:
Senators junkballer Ad Liska leads 6–3 over the A's with two outs in the 9th inning when his catcher Muddy Ruel neglects to chase a pop up that could make the 3rd out. Two singles and a homer by Al Simmons knots the game. Simmons then doubles in the 13th, and scores the winning run as the A's win, 7–6. Having hurt his knee in a rundown, Simmons sits for the nitecap. But with the bases jammed in the 5th inning of the nitecap, and the A's down 7–3, Simmons hobbles to plate to hit a pinch grand slam off Bump Hadley to help the A's to a 15–11 win. Simmons later tells John Carmichael this was his greatest game.
»May 14, 1933: With rain pelting down at Ebbets Field, Hack Wilson pounds a 9th inning pinch grand slam, the first in Dodger history, to beat the Phils Ad Liska, 8–6. The homer is inside-the-park, just the 3rd pinch inside-the-park grand homer in history, and the first since 1910.