Swings and misses

An all star in 1977, Jim Slaton won 151 games during 16 seasons in the majors, spent pitching for the Milwaukee Brewers, Detroit Tigers and California Angels. Slaton had 10 seasons where he won at least 10 games. His best year came in 1978 when he won 17 games for Milwaukee. He pitched in theContinue reading “Swings and misses”

Swings and misses

Somehow I ended up sending letters to Jim Wohlford twice, so this is his second appearance in this section. He played for 15 years in the majors, hitting .260 with 21 home runs while serving mainly as a reserve outfielder for the Kansas City Royals, Milwaukee Brewers, San Francisco Giants and Montreal Expos. Cory SnyderContinue reading “Swings and misses”

Kevin Kobel

Kobel pitched in 115 games for the Milwaukee Brewers and New York Mets between 1973-1980, posting an 18-34 record with a 3.88 ERA. He broke in as a 19-year old for the Brewers but appeared in just two games. In 1974 he won six games, but lost 14 more, while making 24 starts for Milwaukee.Continue reading “Kevin Kobel”

Rick Miller

Miller spent 15 seasons patrolling major league outfields for the Boston Red Sox and California Angels. He played in 1,482 games from 1971-1985 and hit .269 with 28 home runs. A fine fielder, Miller won a Gold Glove for the Angels in 1978. He played in 132 games that season and posted a 2.63 averageContinue reading “Rick Miller”

Swings and misses

Larry McWilliams pitched for 13 years in the big leagues, going 78-90 with a 3.99 ERA. His best year came in 1983 when he was pitching for the Pittsburgh Pirates. He won 15 games and had a 3.25 ERA in 35 starts. He finished fifth in the National League Cy Young vote at the season’sContinue reading “Swings and misses”

Swings and misses

Hal Dues pitched in 37 games for the Montreal Expos between 1977-1980, going 6-8 with a save and a 3.08 ERA. His best year was 1978 when he won five games for Montreal ¬†and notched his lone save in 99 innings of work. An all star in 1976, Steve Swisher spent nine seasons in theContinue reading “Swings and misses”

Dan Ford

Ford slugged 121 home runs in 10 seasons in the majors. He broke in with the Minnesota Twins in 1975 and was a starting outfielder for the team for four seasons. He joined the California Angels in 1979 and had the best year of his career, hitting .290 with 21 home runs, 101 RBIs andContinue reading “Dan Ford”

Swings and misses

The American League Rookie of the Year in 1971, Chris Chambliss spent 17 years playing in the big leagues, hitting .279 with 185 home runs. He played for just three teams during his career, the Cleveland Indians, New York Yankees and Atlanta Braves. He was an all star for the Yankees in 1976, a yearContinue reading “Swings and misses”

Swings and misses

The American League MVP in 1968 and a two-time Cy Young Award winner, Denny McLain won 131 games during a 10-year run through the big leagues. He came up with the Detroit Tigers in 1963 and won 20 games in 1966 while making his first all-star team. He won 31 games for Detroit in 1968Continue reading “Swings and misses”