Don Kirkwood

Kirkwood pitched for three teams between 1974-1978, going 18-23 with eight saves and a 4.37 ERA. He appeared in 44 games for the California Angels in 1975, which would be the best year of his career. Pitching almost exclusively out of the bullpen, Kirkwood won six games and saved seven more while finishing 27 games […]

Swings and misses

Chuck Cottier played nine years in the big leagues, breaking in with the Milwaukee Braves in 1959 and finishing with the California Angels in 1969. He hit .194 in his career with 19 home runs. His best season came for the Washington Senators in 1962 when he hit .242 with six home runs and 14 […]

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 […]

John Verhoeven

Verhoeven pitched for four seasons in the big leagues, going 3-8 with a 3.79 ERA in 99 games. He came up with the California Angels in 1976 and pitched in 21 games, picking up his four career saves that season. Verhoeven made nine total appearances for the Angels and Chicago White Sox in 1977 then […]

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 […]

Bill Nahorodny

Nahorodny caught for nine years in the big leagues, coming up with the Philadelphia Phillies in 1976 and finishing with the Seattle Mariners in 1984. In 308 games he hit .241 with 25 home runs. He only played in 10 games during the first two years of his big-league run, but took over as the […]