During his 15-year Major League Baseball career, Greg Michael “The Bull” Luzinski hit 307 home runs. He also received four All-Star Game selections, won the World Series, and was honored with the eighth annual Roberto Clemente Award. During his tenure with the Philadelphia Phillies, he was considered one of the best power hitters in baseball. In fact, he is still remembered today as a fan favorite.
After spending the majority of his career with the Philadelphia Phillies, Greg Luzinski left the organization and joined the Chicago White Sox for a while. He became the top slugger for the team, and his home run totals were second only to Mike Schmidt, who was with the National League team.
After retiring from the team, Luzinski continued to have a career as a coach. In 1992, he was named Head Baseball Coach at Holy Cross Academy in Delran Township, New Jersey. He also served as the head football coach at the same school. In 1999, Luzinski was honored with a plaque in Citizens Bank Park. He is a member of the National Polish-American Sports Hall of Fame.
Before becoming a baseball player, Luzinski attended Notre Dame High School in Illinois, where he led his team to three consecutive undefeated seasons. He was also an all-star gridiron player at the school.
He was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in 1970, and made his MLB debut the following year. In 1971, he had a high strikeout rate. However, he was converted to left field by the Phillies, and he was not a great defensive player. Despite this, scouts identified Luzinski with the power of Harmon Killebrew.
Luzinski was a two-time All-Star, winning the NL All-Star game in 1975 and 1978. He was selected to the NL All-Star Game in every season from 1975 through 1978. In 1983, he was awarded the outstanding Designated award. In 1989, he was inducted into the National Polish-American Sports Hall of Fame.
When Luzinski was a teenager, he attended the Notre Dame High School in Niles, Illinois, where he was an All-American football player and played baseball. He also participated in basketball, tennis, and golf. In his senior year, he was a first round pick by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 1976 Major League Baseball draft.
After his career in the Major Leagues, Greg Luzinski settled in Bonita Springs, Florida, where he currently resides. He is a published author and has authored a book entitled “Tiger Ball: How Baseball Made America,” which tells the story of how baseball helped shape American culture. He has one son, Ryan, who was a first round pick by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 1992 MLB draft. He was traded to the Baltimore Orioles in 1997.
Luzinski signed a five-year contract with the Phillies in 1976. When his contract was up, he was a free agent. He was approached by the Atlanta Braves about his availability. The Braves offered him a $200,000 per year contract, but he refused.