Ryan Chartrand

Anyone on the Cal Poly campus who is familiar with Mike Krukow probably knows him as one of the on-air voices for the San Francisco Giants. What they probably don’t know is that “Kruk” was a star pitcher for the Mustangs from 1971-1973.

Despite playing only three years, Krukow still owns school records for career earned run average (1.94) and single season shutouts with five. After a standout career with the Mustangs, the Chicago Cubs selected Krukow in the 8th round of the major league baseball draft. Krukow broke in to the majors with the Cubs in 1976. His best year came with the Giants in 1986, he went 20-9 with a 3.05 ERA, and was selected to the All-Star team. In 1982 he even spent a season with the incomparable Pete Rose

The Long Beach, Calif. native retired with the Giants in 1989 with a career record of 124-117 and a 3.90 ERA.

Despite a respectable career as a major league pitcher, Krukow has become one of the most recognizable and colorful analysts in the game today and is best recognized by his catch phrases. Krukow and broadcast partner Duane Kuiper are now the voices of EA Sports baseball franchise, MLB baseball. Krukow’s son Jarek was an assistant coach for Cuesta College’s baseball team in 2003. One year later, Jarek was also an assistant for the Cal Poly baseball team. The 54-year-old Krukow was inducted in the Cal Poly Athletic Hall of Fame in 1987. He still resides in San Luis Obispo during the off-season.

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