Jim Umbarger

Umbarger pitched for four years in the major leagues, almost exclusively for the Texas Rangers. He went 25-33 during the span with a 4.14 ERA. He broke in with Texas in 1975, winning eight games and saving two more in 56 games. Umbarger joined the Rangers’ rotation full time in 1976, starting 30 games andContinue reading “Jim Umbarger”

Eddie Yost

An all star in 1952, Yost spent 18 years playing third base in the major leagues, mostly for the Washington Senators. Yost’s first appearance in the big leagues came in 1944 when he played in seven games for Washington at the age of 17. He spent 1945 in the navy but returned to the SenatorsContinue reading “Eddie Yost”

Kiko Garcia

The starting shortstop for the 1979 American League Champion Baltimore Orioles, Garcia spent 10 years playing in the major leagues, hitting .239 with 12 career home runs for three different teams. Mainly a reserve, Garcia came up with the Orioles in 1976 and was the team’s starting shortstop for their run to the 1979 WorldContinue reading “Kiko Garcia”

Leon Roberts

Roberts spent 11 years in the major leagues, playing for six teams while posting a .267 career average with 78 home runs. He came up with the Detroit Tigers in 1974 and was the team’s starting right fielder the following season. He spent the next two seasons playing part time for the Houston Astros whoContinue reading “Leon Roberts”

Gus Zernial

The American League’s home run king in 1951, Zernial’s career spanned from 1949-1959. He played for three teams and hit 237 home runs during that time, playing in the All-Star Game in 1953 and twice finishing in the MVP vote. Zernial came up with the Chicago White Sox in 1949. He hit 29 home runsContinue reading “Gus Zernial”

Paul Mitchell

Mitchell pitched in 125 major league games from 1975-1980. He came up with the Baltimore Orioles, appearing in 11 games for them in his rookie season. He joined the Oakland A’s in 1976 and had the best year of his career, going 9-7 in 26 starts. The A’s sent him to the Seattle Mariners inContinue reading “Paul Mitchell”

Gary Ross

Ross won 25 big league games while pitching for three teams from 1968-1977. He was mostly used out of the bullpen, pitching in 118 games for the San Diego Padres during the 1972-1973 seasons. He made 31 starts for the California Angels in 1976, going 8-16 despite a 3.00 ERA. Ross threw 225 innings thatContinue reading “Gary Ross”

Ron Guidry

The 1978 Cy Young Award winner, Guidry posted a 170-91 record over 14 years spent pitching for the New York Yankees. He arrived in the majors in 1975, appearing in 10 games for the Yankees. By 1977 he was a member of their rotation, winning 16 games and finishing seventh in the Cy Young vote.Continue reading “Ron Guidry”