Blues for Eric Show (1956-1994)

Fergie Jenkins was born in Canada, Bert Blyleven in Zeist.
Fergie Jenkins was born in Canada, Bert Blyleven in Zeist.
Eric Show was born in Riverside and born again in Christ.

His father was a boxer from the mean streets of Pittsburgh.
His father was a boxer from the mean streets of Pittsburgh.
He would show his son no mercy and he wouldn’t say a word.

Eric was a physics major at the UC Riverside.
Eric was a physics major at the UC Riverside.
His wife was Cara Mia and his out pitch was his slider.

He was a jazz guitarist and he often sang the blues.
He was a jazz guitarist and he often sang the blues.
Between Elvis and the Beatles, he always wore his boogie shoes.

Reagan was a leftist, said the Birch Society.
Reagan was a leftist, said the Birch Society.
And Eric was a Bircher, so he tended to agree.

In the ’84 World Series, he started in Game 4.
In the ’84 World Series, he started in Game 4.
Knocked out early by the Tigers, quoth the Padre, nevermore.

When they honored Charlie Hustle, Eric sat down on the mound.
When they honored Charlie Hustle, Eric sat down on the mound.
Then he fought Mellow Carmelo and no one wanted him around.

When he took crystal methedrine, they had to call the cops.
When he took crystal methedrine, they had to call the cops.
When they arrested him, he said, “Kill me”– but he wasn’t shot.

Someone found him dead March 16– could have been an overdose.
Someone found him dead March 16– could have been an overdose.
Early though the laurel grows, it withers quicker than the rose.

© 1994 by H. Wechsler

Eric Show career: 101-89, 3.66, 971 K, 35 CG, 11 ShO, 99 ERA+

Also worth reading:

“The tortured life of Eric Show” by Tom Friend of ESPN.com

“Mystery Man” by Brent Schrotenboer of the San Diego Union-Tribune

“All’s Right With His World” by Franz Lidz of Sports Illustrated, 8/6/84

Also worth hearing:

“Padres Win Again” by Eric Show

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