Jay Buhner
Baseball
Clear Creek High School


New York Yankees, Seattle Mariners

Biography

Jay Campbell Buhner (born August 13, 1964, in Louisville, Kentucky), nicknamed "Bone", was a powerful right-handed hitter in Major League Baseball. He was among the most recognizable players of his day, noted for his shaved head and thick goatee. He put that recognizability to good cause, as well, hosting an annual Buhner Buzz Night, where fans would shave their heads at the ballpark with the proceeds going to charity.

Jay was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 2nd round of the 1984 amateur draft and was traded shortly thereafter to the New York Yankees. He made his Major League debut on September 11, 1987, appearing in seven games that year. Jay was traded again the next summer, on July 21, 1988, to the Seattle Mariners along with two career minor leaguers (Rich Balabon and Troy Evers) in exchange for Ken Phelps. The trade is often considered one of the worst made by the Yankees of that period, and the best in Mariner history. (This fact was once noted humorously on the television program Seinfeld, in which the Yankees' owner, George Steinbrenner, appears at the home of George Costanza's parents to inform them mistakenly that their son is dead. All Mr. Costanza can say is, "What the hell did you trade Jay Buhner for?! He had 30 home runs, over 100 RBIs last year!" The clip was played at Safeco Field when Buhner was inducted into the Mariners' Hall of Fame in 2004).

Jay retired at the end of the 2001 season as one of the greatest Mariners ever.

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