Locker pitched for 10 seasons in the big leagues, going 57-39 with 95 saves in 576 games. He came up with the Chicago White Sox in 1965 and saved 12 games for the team the next year. He had a career-high 20 saves in 1967 while leading the American League in games pitched (77). Locker saved 10 more games for the ChiSox in 1968 before being traded to the Seattle Pilots in 1969. He made his way to the Oakland A’s in 1970 and was a key bullpen arm for the team for the next three seasons. The A’s dealt him to the Chicago Cubs in 1973 and he won a career-high 10 games for them that season. After missing the 1974 season due to elbow surgery, Locker concluded his career with one more season in Chicago in 1975.
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Locker twice pitched in the playoffs for the A’s. He appeared in one game of the 1971 ALCS. Then pitched twice in the 1972 ALCS. He also pitched in one game of the 1972 World Series which Oakland won in seven games against the Cincinnati Reds.
We featured Locker’s favorite teammate, Jerry McNertney, in January.
Bob Locker – career stats