Swings and misses

Frank LaCorte spent a decade pitching in the majors. Mainly a reliever, he won 23 games and saved 26 while playing for the Atlanta Braves, Houston Astros and California Angels from 1975-1984. His best year came for Houston in 1980 when he won eight games, saved 11 and had a 2.82 ERA in 55 games. […]

Jimmy Sexton

Sexton spent six years playing in the majors. He appeared in 236 games and hit .218 with five home runs. He came up with the Seattle Mariners in 1977, then spent time with the Houston Astros, Oakland A’s and St. Louis Cardinals. His best season came in 1982 when he hit .245 and stole 16 […]

Bert Roberge

Roberge pitched for six years in the big leagues, going 12-12 with 10 saves and a 3.98 ERA. He came up with the Houston Astros in 1979 and appeared in 26 games, getting his first three wins in the process. He continued to make sporadic appearances for Houston though the 1982 season. He joined the […]

Pete Ladd

The Milwaukee Brewers closer in 1983, Ladd pitched for six years in the big leagues, going 17-23 with 39 saves for the Brewers, Houston Astros and Seattle Mariners. He came up with the Astros in 1979 and pitched in 10 games before returning to the minors for the next two seasons. Ladd resurfaced in the […]

Swings and misses

Joe Simpson spent nine years playing in the majors with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Seattle Mariners and Kansas City Royals. In 605 games he hit .242 with nine home runs. He is notable as Gaylord Perry’s 3000th strikeout victim. Following his playing career, Simpson became a broadcaster. He has called Atlanta Braves games since 1992 […]

Jerry Reuss

A two-time all star, Reuss won 220 games during 22 seasons pitching in the big leagues. From 1969-1990, he pitched for eight different teams and the Pittsburgh Pirates twice. He came up with the Cardinals and was a 14-game winner for them in 1971. After spending two years with the Houston Astros, Reuss joined the […]

Swings and misses

From 1979-1987, Randy Niemann pitched in parts of eight seasons in the majors, winning seven games and saving three more. He came up with the Houston Astros and pitched in 26 games as a rookie. He made seven starts that year for Houston and threw two shutouts while picking up three wins and a save. […]