Swings and misses

Gene Pentz pitched in 104 games for the Detroit Tigers and Houston Astros, going 8-9 with seven saves in a four-year career. His best year came in 1976 with the Astros when he won three games, saved five more and finished with a 2.97 ERA. He pitched in 41 more games for Houston in 1977,Continue reading “Swings and misses”

Dan Warthen

Between 1975-1978, Warthen pitched in 83 big-league games, going 12-21 with a 4.31 ERA for the Montreal Expos, Philadelphia Phillies and Houston Astros. He broke in with Montreal and went 8-5 with three saves and a 3.11 ERA as a rookie. It would be the best year of his career as he set career-highs withContinue reading “Dan Warthen”

Swings and misses

Fran Healy caught for nine seasons in the majors, mostly as a reserve for the San Francisco Giants, Kansas City Royals and New York Yankees. He had one season as a starter, playing 139 games for the Royals in 1974. He hit .252 with nine home runs, 53 RBIs and 59 runs scored that year.Continue reading “Swings and misses”

Swings and misses

A veteran of six big-league seasons, Joe Presko pitched from 1951-1958 for the St. Louis Cardinals and Detroit Tigers. He went 25-37 in 128 games with a 4.61 ERA and five saves. He won seven games in each of his first two seasons with the Cardinals but was a 13-game loser for St. Louis inContinue reading “Swings and misses”

Roy Thomas

Between 1977 and 1987, Thomas pitched in 182 major league games, going 20-11 with seven saves and a 3.82 ERA. He enjoyed a cup of coffee with the Houston Astros in 1977, then pitched in parts of three seasons for the St. Louis Cardinals from 1978-1980. After spending the next two seasons in the minors,Continue reading “Roy Thomas”

Mike Easler

Nicknamed “The Hitman”, Easler spent parts of 14 years playing in the majors. He came up with the Houston Astros in 1973 and spent three seasons there. He made a brief stop with the California Angles in 1976 before joining the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1977. It took a couple years, but Easler eventually became aContinue reading “Mike Easler”

Doug Konieczny

Konieczny pitched in 44 big-league games for the Houston Astros between 1973-1977. He made his first appearance for Houston in 1973, pitching in two games in September. He was back up for six more games in 1974 then became a part of the Astros starting rotation in 1975. In his lone full season, Konieczny wentContinue reading “Doug Konieczny”

Swings and misses

Three more cards with no questionnaires arrived last week. An all star in 1982, Jim Clancy won 140 games during 15 years in the big leagues. He broke in with the Toronto Blue Jays in 1977 and was a 10-game winner the following year. Clancy won 13 games in 1980 and became a mainstay inContinue reading “Swings and misses”

Swings and misses

The first player selected by the Montreal Expos during the 1969 expansion draft, Balor Moore pitched for eight years in the majors, going 28-48 with a 4.52 ERA. He came up with Montreal as a 19-year old in 1970 and pitched in six games, going 0-2 with a 7.45 ERA. After a return to theContinue reading “Swings and misses”

Tommy Helms

The National League Rookie of the Year in 1966, Helms spent 14 years in the big leagues, playing for four teams from 1964-1977. He played in just 23 games in 1964 and 1965, but became the Cincinnati Reds starting third baseman in 1966. He hit .284 that season with nine home runs and 72 runsContinue reading “Tommy Helms”