Scipio Spinks

Spinks won seven games as a big leaguer, pitching for the Houston Astros and St. Louis Cardinals from 1969-1973. He pitched in just 11 games for the Astros during the first three years of his career but appeared to be on his way to a breakout season with the Cardinals in 1972. He was 5-5Continue reading “Scipio Spinks”

Phil Garner

A three-time all star, Garner spent 16 seasons playing in the majors. He broke in with the Oakland A’s in 1973 and had his first all-star season in 1976. Oakland dealt him to the Pittsburgh Pirates the following year and Garner responded with what was probably the best offensive season of his career. He hitContinue reading “Phil Garner”

Doug Rader

A five-time Gold Glove winner, Rader played 11 years in the major leagues, posting a .251 batting average and hitting 155 home runs along the way. He arrived with the Houston Astros in 1967 and stayed with the team until he was dealt to San Diego in 1975. Nicknamed the Red Rooster because of hisContinue reading “Doug Rader”

Rob Sperring

Sperring saw action in 208 big league games, playing for the Chicago Cubs and the Houston Astros from 1974-1977. He hit .211 in 473 at bats, with the majority of his success coming with the Cubs in the first three years of his career. His best year came in his third, and final, season withContinue reading “Rob Sperring”

J.R. Richard

One of the best pitchers in baseball for the latter half of the 1970’s, Richard won 107 games before his career was derailed by a stroke in 1980. Richard’s first appearance was with the Houston Astros in 1971. He pitched in four games that year and four more the following season. He continued to shuttleContinue reading “J.R. Richard”

Bill Virdon

The 1955 Rookie of the Year, Virdon spent 11 years in the major leagues, playing for the St. Louis Cardinals and Pittsburgh Pirates through the 1965 season. He also appeared in six games for the 1968 Pirates, three years after his last major league appearance. Virdon’s first season was his best. In his only fullContinue reading “Bill Virdon”

Swings and misses

Steve Renko won 134 games while pitching for seven different clubs from 1969-1983. He had his best years for the Montreal Expos from 1970-1974. Four times during this span, he won 12 or more games, twice reaching his career-high of 15. His best season came in 1973 when he went 15-11 with a 2.81 ERA.Continue reading “Swings and misses”

Denny Lemaster

Lemaster pitched for 11 years in the major leagues, winning 90 games along the way. He broke in with the Milwaukee Braves in 1962 and won 11 games the following year. He went 17-11 for Milwaukee in 1964, pitching three shutouts in 221 innings. Lemaster went on to post double-digits in wins three more times,Continue reading “Denny Lemaster”