One of the better relief pitchers in baseball for most of his career, Watt pitched for three teams from 1966-1975. His best years came as a member of the Baltimore Orioles where he played on two World Series winning teams. He won nine games and saved four more for the 1966 Orioles, who went on to defeat the Los Angeles Dodgers in the series. Watt did not pitch that year in the Fall Classic as Baltimore swept Los Angeles and only needed one relief appearance (by Moe Drabowsky) to do it. Watt won seven games and saved 12 more for the 1970 Orioles. That team beat Cincinnati in the World Series. Watt pitched in one inning of one game in that year’s series. Watt left Baltimore in 1974 to pitch for the Philadelphia Phillies, but appeared in just 15 games. The next season he got into six games for the Chicago Cubs. It would be his last in the big leagues. He finished his career with a 38-36 mark with 80 saves and a 2.91 ERA.
A funny side note from Watt’s response. He returned the original letter I’d sent him with my signature circled and a note asking what exactly “it” was. Upon closer inspection I realized my signature had devolved into what appears to be a ‘C’ and a ‘4’. Needless to say, I took my time to properly sign the next batch of surveys I sent out.
Eddie Watt – career stats