Great Baseball Nicknames-‘ The Mad Hungarian’- Al Hrabosky. Al Hrabosky was a major league relief pitcher from 1970-1982 for three teams but is best remembered as the closer for the St. Louis Cardinals, his first team in the 1970’s. He was a colorful player who was a fan favorite. When entering a game he would turn his back to the batter, walk towards second base, he would rub the baseball and rub it between his palms really hard, take a deep breath and then pound the ball into his glove before walking back on the mound and getting down to business. The crowd loved it- hitters did not. Hrabosky also sported a menacing look- he grew his hair long and had a horseshoe mustache. He was one of the first relief pitchers who seemed to bring an attitude to the mound. The Mad Hungarian led the league in saves in 1975.