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Friday, May 20, 2011

RIP, Randy Poffo, 1971 DG North Grad AKA Macho Man Randy Savage

Randy Poffo

School: Downers Grove North

Sport: Baseball and Wrestling

Grad: 1971
Batting Average .500 in 1970 and .525 in 1971 Team won Conference Championship in 1971 Most Valuable Player 1970-1971

Signed by the St. Louis Cardinals 1971

Two Time World Wrestling Champion

Randy Mario Poffo (Randy "Macho Man" Savage)
Bats Switch, Throws Right (until 1973), Left (1974 and later)
Height 6' 2", Weight 175 lb.
High School Downers Grove North High School
Born November 15, 1952 in Columbus, OH USA
Died May 20, 2011 in Tampa, FL USA

Professional Baseball Career
Randy Poffo was a two-time All-State catcher at Downers Grove North High School near Chicago. He was the only player signed out of a 200-player open tryout by the St. Louis Cardinals in 1971. He batted .286/~.430/.492 in 35 games for the GCL Cardinals. In 16 games at catcher, he was error-free.
He returned to the GCL Cardinals for the 1972 season and hit .274/~.371/.393 in 52 games, mostly in the outfield. He made the Gulf Coast League All-Star team in the outfield, one of six outfielders chosen; teammate Jerry Mumphrey was also selected and would go on to a fine career. In 1973, Randy hit .344/~.459/.508 in 25 games as a DH for the GCL Red Birds. He also played that year for manager Jimmy Piersall with the Orangeburg Cardinals in the Class-A Western Carolinas League, hitting .250/~.374/.405 in 46 games, again mostly at DH. Poffo credits Piersall and his feisty personality for teaching him how to be aggressive and how to fight. He suffered a severe muscle tear and ligament separation in his throwing arm and was released by the Cardinals. Instead of retiring because of the injury, he taught himself to throw left-handed.
The now left-handed Poffo returned in 1974 with the Cincinnati Reds. He played for the Reds' Florida State League affiliate, the Tampa Tarpons and had a career year in power though his OBP and average fell significantly. He batted .232/~.309/.358 in 131 games, mostly at DH and occasionally in the outfield or first base. He finished third in the league in RBI (66) and tied for fifth in home runs (9), only three less than Eddie Murray hit as a full-time player in the FSL that year. Only Gary Roenicke and Billy Baldwin drove in more runners in the FSL; Murray trailed Poffo by 3. He was released by the Reds. (Note: Poffo is still listed as a right-handed throw by the TSN Guide that year).
Poffo signed with the Chicago White Sox for 1975, but was released at the end of spring training. He decided to call it quits for baseball.
Overall, Randy batted .254/~.351/.392 in 289 games. He stole 21 bases and drove in 130 runs in 869 AB.

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