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Manny Mota
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Baseball Player
    (February 18, 1938- )
    Born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
    Utility fielder/pinch hitter for the San Francisco Giants (1962), Pittsburgh Pirates (1963-68), Montreal Expos (1969) and Los Angeles Dodgers (1969-80,1982)
    .304 career batting average
    1,149 hits
    438 RBIs
    One All-Star selection (1973)
    Coach for the Dodgers (1980- )
    Mentioned in 'Airplane!' when Ted Striker's thoughts start to echo in his head: 'Pinch hitting for Pedro Borbon, Manny Mota... Mota... Mota'
    One of his superstitions was that if he got a hit, the next day he would eat the same meals and take a bath at exactly 3 PM.
    He hit the only batted ball in Major League history to kill someone when his foul ball fatally struck a 14-year-old fan (May 16, 1970).
    Despite what those lying bastards from 'Airplane!' want you to believe, he never pinch hit for Pedro Borbon, since they were never on the same team.
    Sportswriter Jim Murray wrote, 'You could wake Manny up at 2 AM, hand him a toothpick, throw an aspirin toward him, and he would hit it for a line drive single to right.'
    When he broke the record for career pinch hits, he said 'The main thing for me was trying to help my team win the game. That was more important than any record.'
    He was a co-designer of Manny Mota Grip Stick, a replacement for pine tar as a means of improving a player's grip on the bat.
    He and his wife founded the Manny Mota International Foundation to help disadvantaged youth in the US and the Dominican Republic.

Credit: C. Fishel

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