Tiant pitched for 19 years in the majors, compiling a 229-172 record and a 3.30 ERA, while playing for the Cleveland Indians, Minnesota Twins, Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees, Pittsburgh Pirates, and California Angels from 1964-1982. Tiant went 10-4 as a rookie for the Indians and won at least 10 games over his first five years in the majors. He went 21-9 while leading the American League with a 1.60 ERA and striking out a career high 264 hitters in 1968. Tiant also led the AL with nine shutouts that season and earned a trip to the All-Star Game. At the year’s conclusion he finished fifth in the MVP race. He went on to win at least 20 games three more times (1973, 1974, 1976) while playing for Boston. He led the league in ERA (1.91) again in 1972 and was an all star in 1974 and 1976. He signed as a free agent with the Yankees in 1978 and won 13 games the next season. It would be his final double-digit win year. Tiant remained in the majors until 1982, when he retired at the age of 41.
Tiant played in his first game on July 19, 1964. He made the start for Cleveland that day and pitched a complete game shutout against the Yankees at Yankee Stadium. He struck out 11 and the Tribe won 11-0.
Tiant pitched for the Red Sox in the 1975 World Series. He made three starts and was the winner in Games 1 and 4. Boston lost the series to the Cincinnati Reds in seven games. He is a member of the Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame.
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Luis Tiant – career stats