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Mets Autograph: Turk Wendell


Turk Wendell spent parts of 11 seasons in the Major Leagues, including five each with the Mets and Cubs. While Wendell was a successful reliever in New York, I remember him more for all of his unusual quirks than I do for his pitching.

  • Though he doesn’t have it on in this photo, Wendell wore a necklace made from the teeth and claws of various animals that he hunted.
  • Like Oliver Perez, Wendell wouldn’t step over the baseline when he came on or off the field.
  • Wendell would brush his teeth in the dugout after each inning that he pitched.

I’m sure that I’m forgetting some others; Wendell was a very entertaining player.

I’m nearing the end of the lot of 8×10 photos I bought last week, but I still have one more left for tomorrow.


2 thoughts on “Mets Autograph: Turk Wendell

    1. I’m a little disappointed that Wendell’s not wearing the teeth & claws necklace in the photo… it’s the first thing I think of with him.


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