Dyar Miller

Miller pitched for seven years in the majors, compiling a 23-17 record with a 3.23 ERA and 22 saves. A relief specialist, Miller made just one start in his career and pitched over 100 innings just once, in 1977, a year he split between the Baltimore Orioles and California Angels. He won six games thatContinue reading “Dyar Miller”

Swings and misses

A member of the famed Big Red Machine, Jack Billingham won 145 games during a 13-year career that saw him pitch for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Houston Astros, Detroit Tigers and Boston Red Sox in addition to the Cincinnati Reds. Billingham was an all star in 1973 while pitching for the Reds. He led theContinue reading “Swings and misses”

Jim Merritt

An all star in 1970, Merritt won 81 games during an 11-year big league career. He broke in with the Minnesota Twins in 1965 and quickly became a regular in their rotation. Merritt won 13 games in 1967, starting a streak of four straight seasons with at least 12 wins. The Twins traded him toContinue reading “Jim Merritt”

Swings and misses

A reserve catcher for 10 years, Tim Blackwell hit .228 with six home runs in 426 games. His career began in 1974 with the Boston Red Sox and concluded in 1983 with the Montreal Expos. Along the way he played for the Philadelphia Phillies and Chicago Cubs. He had one year as the Cubs’ startingContinue reading “Swings and misses”

Tom House

Perhaps best known for catching Hank Aaron’s 715th home run, House pitched for eight seasons in the majors, going 29-23 with 33 saves. He came up with the Atlanta Braves in 1971, bouncing back and forth between the majors and minors for the next couple seasons. By 1973 he was an important member of theContinue reading “Tom House”