Sid Fernandez Autographs, Memorabilia & Collectibles

Born: October 12, 1962 in Honolulu, Hawaii
Player Career
Bat: Left Throw: Left Height: 6' 1" Weight: 220
First Game: September 20, 1983 ; Final Game: April 5, 1997
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Sid Fernandez
This article was written by Rory Costello and is presented in part, courtesy of the Society for American Baseball Research
No pitcher born and raised in Hawaii has had more wins in the majors than Sid Fernandez, who notched 114 (against 96 losses) from 1983 through 1997. Charlie Hough (216) grew up in Hialeah, Florida. Ron Darling (136) looked the part of a Hawaiian, thanks to his Chinese-Hawaiian mother, but he called Massachusetts home from before the age of two.[1] Milt Wilcox (119) had a father with deep Hawaiian roots, but the Wilcoxes moved to Oklahoma when little Milt was also just two.[2] But Fernandez–who attended Kaiser High School in Honolulu, was quiet and laid back, and loved surfing–never stayed away from the Pacific for too long. As he said in 1987, "Hawaii is my home. I go there whenever I can. I grew up in the water; I love to be on the ocean."[3] That was still true as of 2011.

The hefty southpaw had a live arm and knew how to use it. When "El Sid" was on top of his game, which was often, he baffled hitters. Fernandez was most often described as "sneaky-fast." His delivery was deceptive–he hid the ball behind his body and slung it in after a long drive step. The pitches seemed to come out of his uniform. "His release point is so low, it is almost impossible to pick up," said Ben Wade, who was director of scouting for the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1982.[4] But Sid was particularly tough with his beautiful sweeping slow curve–righty batters would be simply locked up as they watched it drop in over the outside corner for a called strike three. He was an important member of the New York Mets as they rose to become World Series winners in 1986.

Charles Sidney Fernandez IV[5] was a fourth-generation Hawaiian. His father, Charles, worked as a civilian foreman at the Pearl Harbor Shipyards; mother Sheila was a teller in the credit union on the Marine base.[6] Sid had one older brother named Roger. The family's heritage is mostly Portuguese, with little bits of Irish and Maori.

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