Wortham went 21-23 during four seasons in the majors, spent pitching for the Chicago White Sox and Oakland A’s. He broke in with Chicago in 1978 and made 33 starts for the team in 1979, going 14-14 with a 4.90 ERA in 204 innings. This season would go down as the bulk of Wortham’s career. He pitched in 41 games for Chicago in 1980, mostly in long relief, and saw his ERA climb to 5.97. He spent the next two seasons pitching in AAA before resurfacing with the A’s in 1983. He pitched in just one game for Oakland before returning to the minors to conclude his career.
On August 9, 1979 Wortham pitched a two-hitter against the Yankees in New York. He struck out three, leading Chicago to a 5-1 win.
Wortham won the College World Series while pitching for the University of Texas in 1975. He compiled a 50-7 career record for the Longhorns.
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Richard Wortham – career stats