Mike Scioscia was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1976 in the first round out of high school. A few years later, Yeager was out, Scioscia was in and on his way to developing the reputation of being one of the best plate-blocking catchers of all time, taking on the likes of sluggers Jack Clark and Chili Davis in home plate collisions.
Along with his solid play behind the plate, Scioscia gained a reputation for usually being behind the plate. After a rotator cuff injury in 1983, Scioscia played in over 100 games in every remaining season with the Dodgers.
Scioscia won two world titles with the Dodgers, in 1981 and 1988. In the .88 National League Championship Series, Scioscia smacked a game-tying home run in the ninth inning of game four off Dwight Gooden, in a game that the Dodgers would go on to win, boosting them to their series victory.
Once his playing career ended, the two-time All-Star became the manager of the Angeles and has since become the franchise’s winningest manager. Scioscia’s Angels reached their pinnacle in 2002 when they defeated the San Francisco Giants, managed by Scioscia’s Dodger teammate Dusty Baker, in the World Series.
Mike Scioscia was inducted into the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame in 2007.