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Monday, July 9, 2012

Turk Wendell: Quinnipiac's eccentric pitcher

First there was Bill “Spaceman” Lee. Then Mark “The Bird” Fidrych.

Then came Turk Wendell.

One of the most eccentric players to ever play in the majors, Wendell honed his pitching talents at Quinnipiac under coach Dan Gooley. He graduated in 1988, viewed by Gooley as one of the best in program history.

Wendell went 5-3 that season with 66 strikeouts in 62 innings.

Although odd, Wendell’s histrionics were real and gained national attention with the Cubs and Mets in the 1990s.

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