Knowles pitched for 16 seasons in the majors, mostly out of the bullpen, for eight different teams from 1965-1980. He was an all star for the Washington Senators in 1969 when he went 9-2 with 13 saves. He set a career-high with 27 saves the following year for Washington, but he also lost 14 games. The Senators sent him to the Oakland A’s in 1971 and he flourished as part of their bullpen for the next three seasons. He had a 1.37 ERA and 11 saves in 1972 and was 6-8 with nine saves for the world champs in 1973. Knowles eventually made his was to the Chicago Cubs where he saved 15 games in 1975 then bounced around to the Texas Rangers, Montreal Expos and St. Louis Cardinals before retiring in 1980.
Knowles pitched in every game of the 1973 World Series for the A’s. He did not allow a run in 6.1 innings and picked up two saves in Games 1 and 7. Following his playing career Knowles was a pitching coach both in the major and minor leagues.
Darold Knowles – career stats