Swings and misses

Jerry Turner spent a decade playing in the majors, first with the San Diego Padres, then with the Chicago White Sox and Detroit Tigers before returning to the Padres to retire. He came up with San Diego in 1974 and was a regular for the team by 1976. He hit 10 home runs and stoleContinue reading “Swings and misses”

Bernie Carbo

The 1970 Sporting News Rookie of the Year, Carbo played for 12 years in the majors, breaking in with the Cincinnati Reds and finishing with the Pittsburgh Pirates. In 1,010 games he hit .264 with 96 home runs. He played in four games for the Reds in 1969, then took over as the team’s startingContinue reading “Bernie Carbo”

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”

Dave Stapleton

Stapleton spent seven years playing for the Boston Red Sox. In 582 games he hit .271 with 41 home runs. He broke in with Boston in 1980 and played in 106 games, most of them at second base. His action was limited in 1981, but he was the team’s starting first baseman in 1982 andContinue reading “Dave Stapleton”

Frank Kostro

Kostro spent parts of seven seasons in the big leagues, playing for the Detroit Tigers, Los Angeles Angels and Minnesota Twins between 1962-1969. In 266 games he hit .244 with five home runs. A versatile utility man, Kostro never played in more than 74 games in a season. That happened in 1963, which he splitContinue reading “Frank Kostro”

Swings and misses

Frank Kreutzer went 8-18 during parts of six seasons spent pitching in the majors. He came up with the Chicago White Sox in 1962, then joined the Washington Senators in 1964. He remained with Washington until 1969 which would be his final year of pro ball. His best year came in 1964, which he splitContinue reading “Swings and misses”

Steve Farr

Farr pitched for four different teams over an 11-year career that spanned from 1984-1994. In 509 big league games, he went 48-45 with a 3.25 ERA and 132 saves. He came up with the Cleveland Indians and lost 11 games as a rookie in 1984. Cleveland released him at the end of the season andContinue reading “Steve Farr”

Swings and misses

Joe Hicks played in 212 games during five years in the big leagues. He played from 1959-1963 and hit .221 with 12 home runs. He played sparingly for the Chicago White Sox in his first two years, then joined the Washington Senators in 1961. Hicks played in 102 games for the team in 1962 andContinue reading “Swings and misses”

Jay Howell

A three-time all star, Howell pitched for 15 years in the majors, starting with the Cincinnati Reds in 1980 and finishing with the Texas Rangers in 1994. In between those years he was one of the best relief pitchers in baseball. After a stop with the Chicago Cubs in 1981 and three years with theContinue reading “Jay Howell”