Swings and misses

Paul Smith appeared in 223 games for the Pittsburgh Pirates and Chicago Cubs, hitting .270 with seven home runs. He came up with the Pirates in 1953 and had the best year of his career, posting a .283 average with four home runs and 44 RBIs. Smith did not play in the majors (or the […]

Larry Biittner

Biittner spent 14 years playing in the majors, hitting .273 with 29 career home runs. He came up with the Washington Senators in 1970 and moved with the team to Texas in 1972. He played in 137 games for the Rangers during their first year in Arlington and hit his first three career home runs. […]

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, […]

Ray Burris

Burris won 108 games in a 15-year career that began in 1973 and concluded in 1987. He broke in with the Chicago Cubs and by 1975 was a mainstay in their rotation. He won 15 games that year, then 15 more in 1976 and 14 in 1977. However, he would not reach double-digit wins again […]

Swings and misses

A veteran of six big-league seasons, Joe Presko pitched from 1951-1958 for the St. Louis Cardinals and Detroit Tigers. He went 25-37 in 128 games with a 4.61 ERA and five saves. He won seven games in each of his first two seasons with the Cardinals but was a 13-game loser for St. Louis in […]

Swings and misses

A reserve catcher for 10 years, Tim Blackwell hit .228 with six home runs in 426 games. His career began in 1974 with the Boston Red Sox and concluded in 1983 with the Montreal Expos. Along the way he played for the Philadelphia Phillies and Chicago Cubs. He had one year as the Cubs’ starting […]