Swings and misses

Jim Winn went 12-17 with a 4.67 ERA during six big-league seasons. He arrived in the majors with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1983 but pitched in just 16 games his first two years. He became a regular part of Pittsburgh’s bullpen over the next two seasons and enjoyed what was probably the best year of […]

Swings and misses

Frank Kreutzer went 8-18 during parts of six seasons spent pitching in the majors. He came up with the Chicago White Sox in 1962, then joined the Washington Senators in 1964. He remained with Washington until 1969 which would be his final year of pro ball. His best year came in 1964, which he split […]

Swings and misses

Joe Hicks played in 212 games during five years in the big leagues. He played from 1959-1963 and hit .221 with 12 home runs. He played sparingly for the Chicago White Sox in his first two years, then joined the Washington Senators in 1961. Hicks played in 102 games for the team in 1962 and […]

Swings and misses

A member of the 1969 Miracle Mets, J.C. Martin spent 14 years catching in the big leagues, playing for the Chicago White Sox, New York Mets and Chicago Cubs from 1959-1972. In 908 games Martin hit .222 with 32 home runs. The best season of Martin’s career came in 1961 when he played in 110 […]

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 in […]

Jim Essian

Essian spent 12 years catching in the big leagues, playing for five teams from 1973-1984. In 710 games he hit .244 with 33 home runs. He was primarily a reserve for most of his career, but was the Chicago White Sox main catcher in 1977, which would go down as the best season of his […]