Michael Joseph Bielecki
(born July 31, 1959 in Baltimore, Maryland) was a professional baseball player who pitched in the Major Leagues from 1984–1997.
He was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates
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in the first round (8th pick) of the 1979 amateur draft
The 1979 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft was held on June 5-7, 1979, via conference call.-First round selections:The following are the first round picks in the 1979 Major League Baseball draft.* Did not sign- Background :...
(Secondary Phase). He made his debut on September 14, 1984.
In 1989, he won a career high 18 games for the Cubs.Nicknamed the Polish Prince By Harry Caray
In 1993, as an Indian, Bielecki had been invited to join Steve Olin
Steven Robert Olin was an American right-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball who played for four seasons in the American League with the Cleveland Indians. In 195 career games, Olin pitched 273 innings and posted a win–loss record of 16–19, with 48 saves, 118 games finished, and a 3.10 earned...
, Tim Crews
Stanley Timothy Crews was a Major League Baseball pitcher who pitched six seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers -- to . He was granted free agency after the 1992 season and signed with the Cleveland Indians on January 22, 1993....
and Bob Ojeda
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on a fishing boat in spring training
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, but declined. The subsequent crash of the boat killed Olin and Crews, and nearly killed Ojeda.
Appeared in the 1996 World Series
-Game 1:Sunday, October 20, 1996 at Yankee Stadium in Bronx, New YorkGame 1 and Game 2 were originally scheduled for Saturday, October 19 and Sunday, October 20, respectively. Rain on October 19, however, washed out Game 1. The schedule was moved up one day, with Game 1 and Game 2 rescheduled for...
as a member of the Braves. His final game was on August 16, 1997.