Swings and misses

A two-time all star, Jeff Russell saved 186 games during a 14-year career spent pitching for the Cincinnati Reds, Texas Rangers, Oakland A’s, Boston Red Sox and Cleveland Indians. Russell led the American League in saves in 1989 with 38. It was easily the best year of his career as he picked up six wins […]

Swings and misses

An all star in 1977, Jim Slaton won 151 games during 16 seasons in the majors, spent pitching for the Milwaukee Brewers, Detroit Tigers and California Angels. Slaton had 10 seasons where he won at least 10 games. His best year came in 1978 when he won 17 games for Milwaukee. He pitched in the […]

Swings and misses

Somehow I ended up sending letters to Jim Wohlford twice, so this is his second appearance in this section. He played for 15 years in the majors, hitting .260 with 21 home runs while serving mainly as a reserve outfielder for the Kansas City Royals, Milwaukee Brewers, San Francisco Giants and Montreal Expos. Cory Snyder […]

Scott Bailes

Bailes pitched for nine seasons in the majors, going 39-44 with a 4.95 ERA for the Cleveland Indians, California Angels and Texas Rangers. He came up with Cleveland in 1986 and won 10 games and saved another seven while pitching mostly in relief for the Tribe. He continued shifting between the rotation and the bullpen […]

Swings and misses

Dave Schmidt went 54-55 with 50 saves during a 12-year career spent pitching with the Texas Rangers, Chicago White Sox, Baltimore Orioles, Montreal Expos and Seattle Mariners. He had six wins, 12 saves and a 2.56 in 1984 for the Rangers, then won 10 games for the Orioles in 1987. He went 10-13 in his […]

Brent Strom

Strom pitched for five seasons in the majors, breaking in with the New York Mets in 1972 and finishing with the San Diego Padres in 1977. He compiled a 22-39 career record with a 3.95 ERA. He pitched in just 11 games as a Met and spent 1973 as a member of the Cleveland Indians, […]

Swings and misses

George Frazier went 35-43 with a 4.20 ERA during a 10-year big league career that saw him pitch for the St. Louis Cardinals, New York Yankees, Cleveland Indians, Chicago Cubs and Minnesota Twins. Frazier did not make a start in his entire career and mostly worked as a set-up man. He posted 29 total saves, […]

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 most […]

Alan Bannister

Bannister played for 12 seasons, serving as a utility man for five teams, from 1974-1985. In 972 games he hit .270 with 19 home runs and 108 stolen bases. Bannister broke in with the Philadelphia Phillies but did not see any serious action until he joined the Chicago White Sox in 1976. He hit .275 […]

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 […]