Anthony John Pierzynski is an American former professional baseball catcher. He played in Major League Baseball with the Minnesota Twins, San Francisco Giants, Chicago White Sox, Texas Rangers, Boston Red Sox, St. Louis Cardinals and Atlanta Braves. Pierzynski is one of only ten catchers in Major League history to reach 2,000 hits in his career. Pierzynski is known for having a fact he acknowledges. During his turn at the microphone following the White Sox victory parade in 2005, he thanked team personnel for "putting up" with him. Former White Sox manager Ozzie Guillén summed up the situation as, "If you play against him, you hate him. If you play with him, you hate him a little less." Guillén acknowledged Pierzynski's value to the club, despite being high-maintenance: "A. J.'s been great for me. He's worth the work because he always shows up for you." Pierzynski was born on December 1976, in Bridgehampton, New York. He attended Dr. Phillips High School in Orlando, where he won All-State honors in baseball.
Future Major Leaguer Johnny Damon was one of Pierzynski's high school teammates. Pierzynski graduated from high school in 1994 and signed a letter of intent to play baseball at the University of Tennessee, he was selected by the Minnesota Twins in the third round of that year's MLB Draft and chose to sign with the ballclub on June 9. He began his minor league career with the Gulf Coast League Twins and spent the next four years playing for the minor-league Elizabethton Twins, Fort Wayne Wizards, Fort Myers Miracle, New Britain Rock Cats, Salt Lake Buzz. After four years in the Twins organization, he was called up to the major league team, made his debut on September 9, 1998, when he was 21 years old. Two days he singled off of Billy Taylor for his first major league hit, he spent the next five seasons, through the 2003 season, with Minnesota, though he was not a regular starter until 2001. From 1998–2000, he appeared in just 49 games for the Twins. In 2002, he made the American League All-Star Team as a reserve catcher.
In the 2002 American League Division Series, Pierzynski hit an important home run in the ninth inning of the final game, in which the Twins clinched the series. In 2003, Pierzynski reached a.312 batting average, a career-high. After the 2003 season, the Twins traded Pierzynski to the San Francisco Giants for Joe Nathan, Francisco Liriano, Boof Bonser. With the Giants he hit.272 with 77 RBIs. He spent one season in San Francisco before being non-tendered. Pierzynski was signed as a free agent by the Chicago White Sox on January 6, 2005; when he signed with the White Sox, the San Francisco Chronicle ran a story claiming that the catcher had kneed Giants trainer Stan Conte in the groin during a spring training game in 2004. Although the incident happened during the game, it went unreported for nearly a year in the press. Pierzynski has disputed the allegations publicly. "Don't you think if something like that happened, in spring training, you would have heard about it? I would have gotten in some sort of trouble?"
Pierzynski would hit 18 home runs, a new career-high, with his most memorable home run of the regular season coming on June 18, 2005 against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the bottom of the ninth to walk-off a 5-3 win. It was memorable as both teams were wearing their 1959 throwback jerseys to commemorate their meeting in the 1959 World Series. Pierzynski would help the White Sox go wire-to-wire in his first season with the team, winning the AL Central on September 29, 2005 in a win against the Detroit Tigers. However, Pierzynski's biggest contributions would come during the White Sox 2005 playoff run. In the 2005 playoffs, Pierzynski was a major player for the White Sox. In Game 1 of the ALDS against the defending champion Red Sox, Pierzynski would start the White Sox off strong with a 3-run homer in the first inning off of Matt Clement, he would add a second home run in the bottom of the 8th off Bronson Arroyo to help lead the White Sox to a blistering 14-2 win. Pierzynski finished the game 3-3 with 4 RBIs.
Pierzynski hit a double and scored an insurance run in the top of the 9th inning as the White Sox defeated the Red Sox 5-3 to clinch the series and move on to the ALCS. Pierzynski's biggest, most well-known play, came in Game 2 of the ALCS against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Down 0-1 in the series and the game tied at 1-1 in the bottom of the 9th inning, Pierzynski famously struck out on a low ball in the dirt from Kelvim Escobar. Thinking they had ended the inning, the Angels proceeded to walk off of the field. Angels catcher Josh Paul and manager Mike Scioscia argued with Eddings but the call stood and Pierzynski was replaced by Pablo Ozuna who promptly stole second base. Joe Crede would end the game on a walk-off double to tie the series at 1-1; the White Sox did not lose again, winning the next 3 games in Anaheim to advance to their first World Series since 1959. The White Sox would sweep the Houston Astros to win their first championship in 88 years, giving Pierzynski his first ring.
Pierzynski batted.262 with 3 home runs and 9 RBI, catching all 11 games for the White Sox during their championship run. In 2006, Pierzynski was named one of the five American League players in the All-Star Final Vote. Soon afterwards the Chicago White Sox organization began an election campaign using the slogan "Punch A. J.". Pierzynski received 3.6 million votes, the most votes in the American League, subsequently sending him to his second All-Star a
Cockrell Hill is a city in Dallas County, United States. The population was 4,193 at the 2010 census, it is surrounded by the city of Dallas. Cockrell Hill is located at 32°44′19″N 96°53′21″W. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.6 square miles, all of it land. Cockrell Hill was established by his son, Woodrow, they established the town as a way of making a living, ran it like a business. The Cockrell place was known to travelers on the stage line that ran from Dallas to Fort Belknap and on to El Paso and the west; the settlement developed as an agricultural crossroads and by the late 1800s had a few scattered homes, a small store, a school. Water became the overriding issue for the town's continued growth. Frank Jester, a local developer, laid out the plan for the modern community of Cockrell Hill in 1911. A first attempt at incorporation in 1925 proved unsuccessful, the following year a vote to disincorporate was approved; the second incorporation passed on July 21, 1937, when the population was 459.
The town grew to a population of 1,246 in 1941. Many of the new residents worked in war-related industries located in the surrounding areas. In 1952 the population was 2,194, in 1990 it was 3,916, in 2000 it was 4,445. In May 2006, Councilman Luis D. Carrera defeated C. P. Slayton and John Mendiola defeated Richard Hall and joined Silvia Ulloa, Richard Perez and Sammy Rodriquez to become the first all-Hispanic City Council in North Texas; as of the census of 2000, there were 4,443 people, 1,150 households, 959 families residing in the city. The population density was 7,664.7 people per square mile. There were 1,205 housing units at an average density of 2,078.8 per square mile. The racial makeup of the city was 44.63% White, 1.67% African American, 1.04% Native American, 0.23% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 49.65% from other races, 2.77% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 84.15% of the population. There were 1,150 households out of which 54.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.4% were married couples living together, 15.8% had a female householder with no husband present, 16.6% were non-families.
12.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.4% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.86 and the average family size was 4.18. In the city, the population was spread out with 36.6% under the age of 18, 13.8% from 18 to 24, 30.7% from 25 to 44, 13.1% from 45 to 64, 5.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 25 years. For every 100 females, there were 104.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 104.9 males. The median income for a household in the city was $32,644, the median income for a family was $34,722. Males had a median income of $25,632 versus $18,854 for females; the per capita income for the city was $10,083. About 17.1% of families and 17.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 22.2% of those under age 18 and 4.5% of those age 65 or over. Dallas Independent School District serves students in Cockrell Hill. All of the schools serving Cockrell Hill are in the City of Dallas; as of 2015, a portion is zoned to Jr..
Elementary School, Stockard Middle School, Moisés E. Molina High School. Parts of southern Cockrell Hill are served by L. O. Donald Elementary School, Zan Wesley Holmes Middle School, Kimball High School. Parts of northern Cockrell Hill are served by Anson Jones Elementary School, Quintanilla Middle School, Sunset High School. Prior to May 2006 the attendance zones differed. Mary McLeod Bethune Elementary School, T. W. Browne Middle School, Molina served one section. Jones and Molina served another section. Another part was served by Donald and Kimball. In 2006 Soto Elementary School opened, the attendance boundaries shifted. In the fall of 2012, as Zan Holmes Middle School opened, it took the area in Cockrell Hill zoned to T. W. Browne Middle School. There is a private Catholic K-8 school adjacent to Cockrell Hill, Mount Saint Michael Catholic School, established in 1986 as Prince of Peace Christian School, renamed to in 1990 to Prince of Peace Community School and serving as a non-diocesan private school since 1995.
It received its current name on July 1, 2007 to avoid confusion with other area schools with the same name. Dallas County Community College District operates Mountain View College, located near Cockrell Hill in Dallas. Cockrell Hill can be reached by several bus lines in the Dallas Area Rapid Transit system; the main bus stop is the Cockrell Hill Transfer Location. Law enforcement is carried out by the Cockrell Hill Police Department, which employs paid and reserve sworn police officers; the current police chief is Stephen Barlag. The Cockrell Hill Police Department has suffered one line of duty death. On May 30, 1999, Police Officer Tiffany Hickey died six days after she sustained injuries in a motor vehicle collision during pursuit of a suspect. Officer Hickey was the passenger in the patrol car, being driven by her field training officer, when they attempted to stop a vehicle for speeding and running a red light. Officer Hickey radioed dispatch to notify them of the chase but, due to an antiquated radio system, dispatch never heard the call because another officer was transmitting.
Three minutes the FTO swerved to avoid another vehicle in an intersection and struck a light pole. Officer Hickey remained in serious condition before succumbing to her injuries. Officer Hickey had served with the agency for only 1 month. Fire safety is regulated by the all-volunteer Cockrell Hill Fire Department, which contract
Ricardo Mendoza Fortaleza is a Filipino-Australian retired Olympic amateur boxer/amateur boxing coach and boxing instructor. He now lives in Blacktown, Australia. Ricardo fought in the bantamweight division, he has won a gold medal in Japan in 1969 at the first Asian youth championships. He has won the only gold medal in Amateur Boxing for the Philippines in the 6th Asian Games in Bangkok and a silver medal finish in the 1971 Asian Boxing Championship in Tehran. Ricardo was Philippine National Games champion in 1969-1974 and Manila Golden Gloves champion in 1965-1967. Ricardo was one of the four famous Fortaleza brothers in the Philippines, they were all famous in the sport of boxing; the four consisted of Ricardo "Ric", Reynaldo "Rey", Renato "Rene" and Rogelio "Roger". Although Ric was the most successful of the four, Rey and Roger were successful boxers. Ricardo represented the Philippines at the 1972 Munich Olympics, losing to Alfonso Zamora in the preliminaries. Fortaleza became the Philippines boxing team coach from 1976 to 1993.
He led the Philippine team at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona, the President's Cup in Jakarta, the King's Cup in Bangkok, the Southeast Asian Games in Singapore, the second World Boxing championships in Belgrade, the Asian Games in Bangkok, the Inter-Cup tournament in Schriesheim, the Acropolis Cup in Athens, several other international tournaments. Fortaleza trained boxers from different parts of the world, he helped introduced the sport of Amateur Boxing in Oman, he was assigned at the Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex. He coached the Oman boxing team between 1986 and 1990, led the team to the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul, Korea. Fortaleza acted as boxing coach at Taipei College of Physical Education in Taiwan. Fortaleza migrated with his family to Australia in 2000, he volunteered at the Sydney Olympic games in boxing tournaments. Gold medal - 1st Asian Youth Amateur Boxing Tournament- Tokyo Japan Gold medal - 6th Asian Games - Bangkok Thailand Silver medal - 1971 Asian Boxing Champhionship - Tehran Iran Olympian - 1972 Munich Olympics Philippines' Amateur Boxer of the year - 1970, 1971 and 1972 Ricardo Fortaleza is the father of Musician Eric Fortaleza