Rick Wise

1982 Topps

Over an 18-year stretch in the big leagues, Wise went 188-181 with a 3.69 ERA while pitching for five teams. He debuted for the Philadelphia Phillies in 1964 and had an 11-win season for the team in 1967. He won 15 games for Philadelphia in 1969. This began a nine-year run that saw Wise post double-digit wins in eight seasons. He won 17 games for the Phillies in 1971 and earned his first trip to the All-Star Game. He was a 16-game winner for the St. Louis Cardinals in 1973 which saw him make his second Midsummer Classic. Wise had the best year of his career in 1975 while pitching for the Boston Red Sox. He was 19-12 that season with a 3.95 ERA and finished eighth in the American League Cy Young race. Wise won 15 games for the Cleveland Indians in 1979. It would be the last time he would cross the double-digit win threshold. He spent the last three years of his career pitching for the San Diego Padres before retiring in 1982.


As he notes, Wise pitched a no-hitter against the Cincinnati Reds on June 23, 1971. He struck out three and walked one batter (Dave Concepcion). He also hit two home runs in the game to lead the Phillies to a 4-0 win.

Courtesy Rick Wise

Wise pitched in the 1975 World Series for the Red Sox. He was the Game 3 starter but lasted just 4.1 innings while giving up five runs as Boston lost 6-5. He pitched one inning of relief in Game 6. He did not allow a run in the top of the 12th inning, setting up Carlton Fisk’s famous home run in the bottom of the frame to win the game for the Red Sox.

Rick Wise – career stats

Courtesy Rick Wise


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