October 30, 1951 |
Eau Claire, Wisconsin
|September 1, 1973 for the Kansas City Royals|
Last MLB appearance
|July 9, 1982 for the Kansas City Royals|
|Runs batted in||136|
Thomas Arthur Poquette (born October 30, 1951 in Eau Claire, Wisconsin) is a retired American outfielder who spent seven seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB) with the Kansas City Royals (1973, 1976–1979, 1982), Boston Red Sox (1979, 1981) and Texas Rangers (1981).
Poquette is a 1970 graduate of Memorial High School in his hometown of Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Playing on the varsity team in three sports, he was a starter in both baseball and football for three years and basketball for two. He was a member of the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association baseball champions during his sophomore year in 1968. He was eventually honored as one of 25 charter inductees into the school's athletics hall of fame in 2005. He was also among the second induction class into the Eau Claire Baseball Hall of Fame in 2009.
He was selected in the fourth round (80th overall) by the Royals in the 1970 MLB Draft. He was a reserve on the Royals' American League (AL) West title teams in 1976, 1977 and 1978 and appeared in the League Championship Series in each of those three years.
Poquette was most noted for an injury he sustained on an inside-the-park grand slam hit by Kevin Bell in the third inning of a 14–8 loss to the Chicago White Sox at Royals Stadium on June 22, 1976. In pursuit of a deep line drive to left field, Poquette was unable to stop because his spikes got caught in the AstroTurf playing surface, and he violently crashed face-first into the outfield wall. He was knocked unconscious and fractured his left cheekbone in four places. After being placed on the disabled list, he was activated by the Royals less than a month later. The stadium's outfield wall was consequently lined with protective cushions to reduce the chances of such an occurrence.
- Tom Poquette, Class of 1970 – Eau Claire (WI) Area School District.
- Spring Baseball Champions 1948–2012 – Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association.
- Fefer, Andrew. "2005 Memorial Athletic Hall of Famers to be Enshrined," WEAU.com, Wednesday, October 5, 2005.
- Memorial High School Hall of Fame – Eau Claire (WI) Area School District.
- Widmark, Brent. "Six Join Hank in Hall of Fame," VolumeOne (Chippewa Valley, WI magazine), Thursday, January 22, 2009.
- 1970 Major League Baseball Draft, Rounds 1–10 – Pro Sports Transactions.
- "Bell Fills Chisox Needs," United Press International, Wednesday, June 23, 1976.
- Tucker, Doug. "Tom Poquette returns to Royals as bat coach," The Associated Press, Sunday, July 20, 1997.