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 […]

Swings and misses

Larry McWilliams pitched for 13 years in the big leagues, going 78-90 with a 3.99 ERA. His best year came in 1983 when he was pitching for the Pittsburgh Pirates. He won 15 games and had a 3.25 ERA in 35 starts. He finished fifth in the National League Cy Young vote at the season’s […]

Swings and misses

From 1959-1961, Dan Dobbek hit .208 with 15 home runs while playing in 198 games for the Washington Senators/Minnesota Twins. He spent one full year with Washington, 1960, and hit .218 with 10 of his career home runs. His professional career lasted until 1963. Mark Brouhard spent six seasons as a reserve outfielder for the […]

Swings and misses

The American League MVP in 1968 and a two-time Cy Young Award winner, Denny McLain won 131 games during a 10-year run through the big leagues. He came up with the Detroit Tigers in 1963 and won 20 games in 1966 while making his first all-star team. He won 31 games for Detroit in 1968 […]

Jim Lonborg

The ace of the 1967 “Impossible Dream” Boston Red Sox, Lonborg enjoyed a long 15-year career in the majors, winning 157 games for three teams. He came up with Boston in 1965 and was a 10-game winner in 1966. The following year would be the best of his career. Lonborg went 22-9 in 1967, helping […]

Swings and misses

Koosman won 222 games over a 19-year career that stretched from 1967-1985. He was an all star in 1968 and 1969 and won 17 games for the “Miracle Mets” in 1969, then went on to beat Baltimore twice in that year’s World Series. Koosman won another game in the 1973 World Series which the Mets […]