Bob Veale

A two-time all star, Veale pitched for 13 seasons in the majors, going 120-95 with a 3.07 ERA and 1,703 strikeouts while pitching for the Pittsburgh Pirates and Boston Red Sox from 1962-1974. He joined the Pirates’ rotation in 1964 and started a string of seven straight seasons where he won 10 or more games.Continue reading “Bob Veale”

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”

Jeff Reardon

A four-time all star, Reardon pitched for 16 years in the majors, posting a 73-77 record with 367 saves and a 3.16 ERA. He first came up with the New York Mets in 1979 and was dealt to the Montreal Expos in 1981. His career took off in Montreal as he became the team’s closerContinue reading “Jeff Reardon”

John Valentin

Valentin spent 11 seasons playing in the majors, mostly for the Boston Red Sox, from 1992-2002. In 1,105 games he hit .279 with 124 home runs. He spent almost his entire career in Boston, with the exception being his final season when he played for the New York Mets. Valentin was a starter for theContinue reading “John Valentin”

Swings and misses

A member of the famed Big Red Machine, Jack Billingham won 145 games during a 13-year career that saw him pitch for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Houston Astros, Detroit Tigers and Boston Red Sox in addition to the Cincinnati Reds. Billingham was an all star in 1973 while pitching for the Reds. He led theContinue reading “Swings and misses”

Bernie Carbo

The 1970 Sporting News Rookie of the Year, Carbo played for 12 years in the majors, breaking in with the Cincinnati Reds and finishing with the Pittsburgh Pirates. In 1,010 games he hit .264 with 96 home runs. He played in four games for the Reds in 1969, then took over as the team’s startingContinue reading “Bernie Carbo”

Dave Stapleton

Stapleton spent seven years playing for the Boston Red Sox. In 582 games he hit .271 with 41 home runs. He broke in with Boston in 1980 and played in 106 games, most of them at second base. His action was limited in 1981, but he was the team’s starting first baseman in 1982 andContinue reading “Dave Stapleton”

Steve Farr

Farr pitched for four different teams over an 11-year career that spanned from 1984-1994. In 509 big league games, he went 48-45 with a 3.25 ERA and 132 saves. He came up with the Cleveland Indians and lost 11 games as a rookie in 1984. Cleveland released him at the end of the season andContinue reading “Steve Farr”

Swings and misses

A three-time all star, Sparky Lyle pitched for 16 years in the majors, going 99-76 with a 2.88 ERA and 238 saves. He twice led the American League in saves, first with 35 for the New York Yankees in 1972, then again with 23 for the Yankees in 1976. He was an all star inContinue reading “Swings and misses”

Swings and misses

Larry Haney spent parts of 12 seasons in the big leagues, playing for five different teams between 1966-1978. In 480 games he hit .215 with 12 home runs. Haney played for the Baltimore Orioles, Seattle Pilots, Oakland A’s, St. Louis Cardinals and Milwaukee Brewers. He was a member of the A’s team that won theContinue reading “Swings and misses”