Pete Mackanin

Mackanin spent nine seasons playing in the majors, breaking in with the Texas Rangers in 1973 and finishing with the Minnesota Twins in 1981. In between, he spent time with the Philadelphia Phillies and Montreal Expos. He was Montreal’s starting second baseman in 1975 and 1976. He had his best year at the plate inContinue reading “Pete Mackanin”

Junior Moore

Moore played in 289 games for the Atlanta Braves and Chicago White Sox from 1976-1980. In 774 at bats he hit .264 with seven home runs. He had one full season as the Braves’ starting third baseman, appearing in 112 games in 1977 and hitting .260 with five home runs. Atlanta released him following theContinue reading “Junior Moore”

Brent Strom

Strom pitched for five seasons in the majors, breaking in with the New York Mets in 1972 and finishing with the San Diego Padres in 1977. He compiled a 22-39 career record with a 3.95 ERA. He pitched in just 11 games as a Met and spent 1973 as a member of the Cleveland Indians,Continue reading “Brent Strom”

Paul Hartzell

Hartzell pitched for six years in the majors, finishing with a 27-39 lifetime record. He came up with the California Angels in 1976 and won seven games while posting a 2.77 ERA in 37 games. The season was arguably his best as his ERA would go down as his career low and he pitched theContinue reading “Paul Hartzell”

Swings and misses

Vic CorrellĀ hit .229 with 29 home runs during parts of eight big-league seasons that spanned from 1972-1980. He appeared in one game for the Boston Red Sox in 1972, then returned to the majors with the Atlanta Braves in 1974. He played in 103 games for the team the following season and had his mostContinue reading “Swings and misses”

Jim Tyrone

Tyrone played in 177 games for the Chicago Cubs and Oakland A’s between 1972-1977. He hit .227 in 405 at bats with eight home runs. His best year came with the A’s in what would be his final season in the majors, 1977. He played in 96 games for Oakland that year, hitting .245 withContinue reading “Jim Tyrone”

Don Kirkwood

Kirkwood pitched for three teams between 1974-1978, going 18-23 with eight saves and a 4.37 ERA. He appeared in 44 games for the California Angels in 1975, which would be the best year of his career. Pitching almost exclusively out of the bullpen, Kirkwood won six games and saved seven more while finishing 27 gamesContinue reading “Don Kirkwood”

Swings and misses

Gene Pentz pitched in 104 games for the Detroit Tigers and Houston Astros, going 8-9 with seven saves in a four-year career. His best year came in 1976 with the Astros when he won three games, saved five more and finished with a 2.97 ERA. He pitched in 41 more games for Houston in 1977,Continue reading “Swings and misses”

Jim Colborn

An all-star in 1973, Colborn went 83-88 during 10 years in the majors. He was 20-12 for the Milwaukee Brewers in 1973, earning his lone All-Star Game appearance and finishing sixth in the Cy Young vote. The Brewers eventually sent Colborn to the Kansas City Royals where he won 18 games in 1977. He alsoContinue reading “Jim Colborn”

Tommy Helms

The National League Rookie of the Year in 1966, Helms spent 14 years in the big leagues, playing for four teams from 1964-1977. He played in just 23 games in 1964 and 1965, but became the Cincinnati Reds starting third baseman in 1966. He hit .284 that season with nine home runs and 72 runsContinue reading “Tommy Helms”