An all-star in 1977, Candelaria won 177 games during a 19-year career that saw him pitch for eight different teams between 1975-1993. He came up with the Pittsburgh Pirates and soon was one of the team’s better starting pitchers. He won 20 games in 1977 and led the National League with a 2.34 ERA. In addition to making his only All-Star Game appearance, he finished fifth in the Cy Young vote and 18th in the MVP tally. Candelaria went on to post double-digit wins for the Pirates in six of the next seven seasons. Pittsburgh eventually dealt him to the California Angels where he won 10 games in 1986 to help the team reach the postseason. He was a 13-game winner for the New York Yankees in 1988, but that would be his last year to cross the double-digit threshold. He remained in the majors for another five seasons, finishing his career where it started, with the Pirates in 1993.
On August 9, 1976 Candelaria pitched a no-hitter against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh.
He was a member of the 1979 Pirates’ team that won the World Series. He made two starts in the series, losing Game 3 and winning Game 6.
John Candelaria – career stats