Swings and misses

A member of the 1969 world champions, Art Shamsky played eight seasons in the majors, hitting .253 with 68 home runs for the Cincinnati Reds, New York Mets, Chicago Cubs and Oakland A’s from 1965-1972. Shamsky’s best season came for the Mets in 1969 as he helped them reach and win the World Series. HeContinue reading “Swings and misses”

Eric Raich

The first player selected in Major League Baseball’s 1972 January draft, Raich pitched in 19 games for the Cleveland Indians, going 7-8 with a 5.85 ERA, from 1975-1976. Most of Raich’s MLB career happened in his rookie season as he pitched in 18 games that year. He won seven of them, but had a 5.54Continue reading “Eric Raich”

Swings and misses

An all-star in 1967, Steve Hargan pitched in 354 games during 12 years in the majors, posting an 87-107 career record with a 3.92 ERA. He played for the Cleveland Indians, Texas Rangers, Toronto Blue Jays and Atlanta Braves but had the vast majority of his success with Cleveland at the beginning of his career.Continue reading “Swings and misses”

Dan Warthen

Between 1975-1978, Warthen pitched in 83 big-league games, going 12-21 with a 4.31 ERA for the Montreal Expos, Philadelphia Phillies and Houston Astros. He broke in with Montreal and went 8-5 with three saves and a 3.11 ERA as a rookie. It would be the best year of his career as he set career-highs withContinue reading “Dan Warthen”

Swings and misses

An all star in 1979, Dave Lemanczyk pitched for eight years in the big leagues, breaking in with the Detroit Tigers in 1973 and finishing with the California Angels in 1980. He posted a 37-63 mark with a 4.62 ERA in his career. He was 13-16 for the Toronto Blue Jays in 1977 and ledContinue reading “Swings and misses”

Doug Konieczny

Konieczny pitched in 44 big-league games for the Houston Astros between 1973-1977. He made his first appearance for Houston in 1973, pitching in two games in September. He was back up for six more games in 1974 then became a part of the Astros starting rotation in 1975. In his lone full season, Konieczny wentContinue reading “Doug Konieczny”

Tom House

Perhaps best known for catching Hank Aaron’s 715th home run, House pitched for eight seasons in the majors, going 29-23 with 33 saves. He came up with the Atlanta Braves in 1971, bouncing back and forth between the majors and minors for the next couple seasons. By 1973 he was an important member of theContinue reading “Tom House”

Frank Tanana

A three-time all star, Tanana won 240 games over 21 years pitching in the big leagues. He came up with the California Angels in 1973 as a flame-throwing 19-year old and almost immediately earned a spot in the Halos’ rotation. He made 35 starts in 1974, winning 14 games and striking out 180 hitters. HeContinue reading “Frank Tanana”