Welcome back to the Greatest Moments in Marlins History. With moment 120 we take you back to December 8, 1992 when an important player joined the Marlins. On this day the Marlins signed their first starting pitcher, the old knuckle baller himself Charlie Hough. On October 10, 1992 Charlie was allowed to become a free agent by the Chicago White Sox. Coming off the White Sox in 1992 with a 7-12 record and a 3.93 ERA, the Marlins took a chance with the old knuckler to give their starting line up the veteran leadership it needed.
The Marlins signed Charlie to a 1 year $800,000 contract. Charlie would play his last two seasons (1993 and 1994) as a Florida Marlin, and would retire after 1994 at the age of 46. Little known fact, at the end of the 1993 season the Marlins allowed Charlie to explore the free agent but he decide to sign again with the Marlins. Even though it’s almost exactly 22 years later from the day we signed Charlie, he will always be a fan favorite of the Marlins. I speak for all the fans when I say that we still get goose bumps when we see him step on a Marlins mound and throw out a ceremonial first pitch. Thank you, Charlie, for all the memories. I bet he still has more to come later on this list. Let’s Go Marlins!