Swings and misses

Steve Mura pitched for seven years in the majors, compiling a 30-39 record with a 4.00 ERA. He broke in with the San Diego Padres in 1978 and stayed there until 1982, when he joined the St. Louis Cardinals. Mura had the best year of his career with the Redbirds that season, winning 12 gamesContinue reading “Swings and misses”

Lenn Sakata

Sakata spent 10 years as a reserve infielder in the majors. From 1977-1987 he played for the Milwaukee Brewers, Baltimore Orioles, Oakland A’s and New York Yankees. In 564 games, Sakata hit .230 with 25 home runs. He was a starter for Baltimore in 1982, appearing in 135 games and hitting .259 with a career-highContinue reading “Lenn Sakata”

Wally Bunker

Bunker pitched for nine seasons in the majors, going 60-52 with a 3.51 ERA for the Baltimore Orioles and Kansas City Royals. He went 19-5 for Baltimore as a 19-year old in 1964. He finished second in the Rookie of the Year vote to Tony Oliva that year and was 12th in the MVP race.Continue reading “Wally Bunker”

Swings and misses

Fred Stanley spent 14 years in the majors, hitting .216 with 10 home runs in 816 career games. The bulk of his career was spent with the New York Yankees. He played with them from 1973-1980 and was the team’s primary shortstop in 1975 and 1976. His best season came in 1976 when he appearedContinue reading “Swings and misses”

Swings and misses

A member of the 1986 World Series winners, Doug Sisk pitching for nine years in the big leagues, going 22-20 with 33 saves. He spent the first six years of his career with the New York Mets. Pitching exclusively out of the bullpen, Sisk saved 11 games in 1983 and 15 more in 1984. HeContinue reading “Swings and misses”

Swings and misses

Rick Waits pitched for 12 seasons in the big leagues, going 79-92 with a 4.25 ERA. He pitched one game for the Texas Rangers in 1973 before joining the Cleveland Indians in 1975. He won 13 games for the Tribe in 1978, then 16 more in 1979. He was again a 13-game winner in 1980,Continue reading “Swings and misses”

Swings and misses

Joe Pettini played in 188 games for the San Francisco Giants during the 1980-1983 seasons. He hit .203 with one home run while serving as a utility infielder. His best season was his rookie year when he played in 63 games and hit .232 with his lone home run. Following his playing career, Pettini wasContinue reading “Swings and misses”

Swings and misses

A veteran of 10 big league seasons, Clint Hurdle hit .259 with 32 home runs in 515 games played between 1977-1987. His best year came for the Kansas City Royals in 1980 when he hit .294 with 10 home runs, 60 RBIs and 50 runs scored. Hurdle also played with the Cincinnati Reds, New YorkContinue 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

Eli Grba pitched for five seasons in the majors, going 28-33 with four saves for the New York Yankees and Los Angeles Angels. His best year was 1961 with the Halos. He won 11 games that season and saved two more in 211.2 innings. Grba passed away on January 14, 2019 and his family returnedContinue reading “Swings and misses”