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 […]

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 and […]

Ken Phelps

Phelps spent 11 seasons in the big leagues, playing for six teams and hitting .239 with 123 home runs. He broke in with the Kansas City Royals in 1980 and played 10 games for the Montreal Expos in 1982 before finding a home with the Seattle Mariners in 1983. Phelps hit 24 home runs in […]

Max Alvis

A two-time all star, Alvis spent nine years playing third base in the majors, mostly for the Cleveland Indians, between 1962-1970. He played in 12 games for Cleveland in 1962, then took over as the team’s starting third baseman the following season. He had a fine rookie campaign, hitting .274 with a career-high 22 home […]

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 […]

Oddibe McDowell

McDowell spent seven years playing in the big leagues. He hit .253 with 74 home runs and 169 stolen bases while playing between 1985-1994 for the Texas Rangers, Cleveland Indians and Atlanta Braves. He hit 18 home runs and stole 25 bases as a rookie for the Rangers and finished fourth in the American League […]

Rick Wise

Over an 18-year stretch in the big leagues, Wise went 188-181 with a 3.69 ERA while pitching for five teams. He debuted for the Philadelphia Phillies in 1964 and had an 11-win season for the team in 1967. He won 15 games for Philadelphia in 1969. This began a nine-year run that saw Wise post […]