John “Windy” McCall

1956 Topps

A relief pitcher, McCall spent parts of seven seasons in the major leagues, in a career that was split in half by a three-year stint pitching for the San Francisco Seals in the Pacific Coast League. McCall first appeared in the majors for the Boston Red Sox in 1948. He pitched in six games for the Sox over the next two years and then appeared in two games for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1950. From 1951-1953 he was in the PCL but returned to the majors with the New York Giants in 1954. McCall appeared in the majority of his major league games over the next three seasons for New York. He pitched in 33 games in 1954, winning two games and saving two more with a 3.25 ERA. The following year he was 6-5 with three saves before going 3-4 with seven saves in 1956. McCall pitched in 121 of his 134 games over this period but saw action is just five games in 1957. He returned to the minors in 1958 and 1959 before retiring following the 1959 season.


According to his Wikipedia biography, McCall was named ‘Windy’ by Ted Williams due to the fact he kept asking Williams about his bats. McCall served in the Marine Corps during World War II, fighting in the battles of Iwo Jima and Okinawa. He died in Tucson, Arizona on February 5, 2015.

Windy McCall – career stats

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