An all star as a rookie in 1983, Dawley pitched for seven seasons in the majors, going 27-30 with a 3.42 ERA for the Houston Astros, Chicago White Sox, St. Louis Cardinals, Philadelphia Phillies and Oakland A’s from 1983-1989. He came up and made an immediate impact for Houston, going 6-6 with a 2.82 ERA and 14 saves for the Astros in 1983. He won 11 games and had a 1.93 ERA for Houston the following season while still pitching exclusively out of the bullpen. He was not as effective in 1985 and was traded to the Chicago White Sox. He went 0-7 for the ChiSox and then spent a year each with the Cardinals, Phillies and A’s before retiring.
Dawley relieved Atlee Hammaker in the bottom of the third inning of the 1983 All-Star Game. He got Jim Rice to end the inning, then retired George Brett and Lance Parrish to start the fourth. After Dave Winfield singled, he induced a Manny Trillo fly ball to end the inning.
Bill Dawley – career stats