Roy Face

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A six-time all star, Face was the prototype for the modern closer during his 16-year career. Pitching mostly for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Face led the National League in saves three different times and was the first pitcher to record 20 or more saves in more than one season. He earned trips to both All-Star Games in 1959, 1960 and 1961 and garnered MVP votes in 1958, 1959 and 1960. While he only made 27 starts in his entire career, Face still won 104 games with 191 saves and a 3.48 ERA during his time in the big leagues. His best season was easily 1959 when he went 18-1 with 10 saves for Pittsburgh. That season he finished seventh in the MVP voting. Face led the National League in games finished four different times during his career. He finished his remarkable career by pitching in 44 games for the Montreal Expos in 1969 at the age of 41.


Face notched three saves in the 1960 World Series for the Pirates. He pitched in four of the games (10.1 innings).

Roy Face – career stats

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