But of course back in 1993, I was a White Sox fan, and so it was great fun to see guys like Frank Thomas and Black Jack McDowell talking about their baseball memories. Here we see McDowell (far right) during a panel discussion. McDowell spoke candidly about his draft experience and seemed to hold no ill will toward the teams that passed on him in the 1984 draft (they all did) before he went to college. He then re-entered the draft in 1987 and was picked fifth, and again, he had no bitterness ... except, notably, the team that picked fourth: the Cubs. "Who'd they take?" asked a fan. "Mike Harkey," McDowell said tersely, in reference to a fellow right-handed pitcher whose 36-36 career record, 4.49 ERA and 316 strikeouts are mince meat compared to McDowell, who went 127-87 with a 3.85 ERA and 1,311 strikeouts. Oh, he also won the 1993 Cy Young. Take that, Harkey!
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