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Thursday, March 17, 1994 - Page updated at 12:00 AM

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Baseball -- Ex-Padre Eric Show Dies

Los Angeles Times: AP

SAN DIEGO - Pitcher Eric Show will be most remembered not for his achievements, but his eccentricities.

Show, whose turmoil-filled career spanned 11 major league seasons with the San Diego Padres and Oakland Athletics, was found dead yesterday morning in his bed at a private drug treatment center near San Diego. He was 37.

While pitching for the Padres in 1984, Show won 15 games and led the team to its only National League championship. He finished his career with a 101-89 record and 3.66 earned-run average.

Show's off-field behavior was questioned by the time he was released by the Oakland Athletics during spring training in 1992. He had disappeared from camp for three days, then reported with cuts on both hands.

He asked to be released from a $700,000 contract, and never played again. Apparently none of his former friends on the Padres had heard from him since.

Listed among his eccentricities was membership in the controversial John Birch Society.

In 1985 in Cincinnati, he drew criticism after throwing the pitch that was Pete Rose's 4,192nd hit, breaking Ty Cobb's record. While fans cheered, Show sat on the mound with his arms folded.

In 1987 in Chicago, when the Cubs' Andre Dawson was baseball's hottest hitter, Show hit Dawson in the head with a pitch at Wrigley Field, nearly causing a riot.

Cause of death was not immediately determined. Show, a native of Riverside, Calif., is survived by his wife, Cara Mia.

Notes

-- Fed up with questions about his testicular cancer, Philadelphia first baseman John Kruk made an obscene gesture and tossed a bat toward cameramen who followed him into the clubhouse.

-- Michael Jordan raised his average another 51 points with an eighth-inning single for Chicago. He's 2 for 17, .118.

-- Mike Greenwell, Boston Red Sox left fielder, signed a two-year contract extension for a reported $7.4 million.

-- Gary Sheffield, Florida right fielder, took three stitches in his right eye after running into the outfield wall.

-- Sid Fernandez, Baltimore left-hander, has bursitis in his left shoulder and could be out up to five weeks.

Copyright (c) 1994 Seattle Times Company, All Rights Reserved.

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