Jim Merritt

An all star in 1970, Merritt won 81 games during an 11-year big league career. He broke in with the Minnesota Twins in 1965 and quickly became a regular in their rotation. Merritt won 13 games in 1967, starting a streak of four straight seasons with at least 12 wins. The Twins traded him toContinue reading “Jim Merritt”

Swings and misses

Bart Johnson won 43 games and saved another 17 while pitching for the Chicago White Sox from 1969-1977. His best year came in 1971 when he won 12 games and tallied 14 saves in 53 appearances. He made 16 starts that year for Chicago and finished 24 games, while putting together a 2.93 ERA. JohnsonContinue reading “Swings and misses”

Swings and misses

Paul Smith appeared in 223 games for the Pittsburgh Pirates and Chicago Cubs, hitting .270 with seven home runs. He came up with the Pirates in 1953 and had the best year of his career, posting a .283 average with four home runs and 44 RBIs. Smith did not play in the majors (or theContinue reading “Swings and misses”

Swings and misses

A five-time all star, Cecil Cooper spent 17 years in the big leagues, playing for the Boston Red Sox and Milwaukee Brewers the entire time. He hit .298 in his career with 241 home runs. Cooper’s career flourished after he was dealt from Boston to Milwaukee. In addition to his five trips to the All-StarContinue reading “Swings and misses”

Mike Caldwell

The American League Comeback Player of the Year in 1978, Caldwell won 137 games over 14 years in the majors. He came up with the San Diego Padres in 1971 and bounced around the big leagues for the next seven seasons. He went 14-5 for the San Francisco Giants in 1974 but struggled the followingContinue reading “Mike Caldwell”

Jim Holt

Holt spent nine years in the majors, coming up with the Minnesota Twins in 1968 and finishing with the Oakland A’s in 1976. In 707 major league games he hit .265 with 19 home runs. He played sparingly for the Twins during his first two seasons in the big leagues, but saw action in 142Continue reading “Jim Holt”

Von Joshua

Joshua spent 10 years roaming major league outfields, posting a .273 career average with 30 home runs in 822 games. He came up with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1969 but did not become a regular until he joined the San Francisco Giants in 1975. He played in 129 games that season and hit .318Continue reading “Von Joshua”

Swings and misses

The Rookie of the Year in 1969, Lou Piniella spent 18 years playing in the majors, most notably for the New York Yankees. He was with the Kansas City Royals, however, when he hit .282 with 11 home runs to claim top rookie honors. Piniella went on to play in one All-Star Game and finishContinue reading “Swings and misses”

Gary Nolan

An all star in 1972, Nolan won 110 games pitching for the Cincinnati Reds from 1967-1977. He broke in with Cincinnati in 1967 and went 14-8 with a 2.58 ERA. He finished third in the National League Rookie of the Year vote while striking out 206 hitters and throwing five shutouts. Nolan did not getContinue reading “Gary Nolan”