Swings and misses

A member of the 1969 Miracle Mets, J.C. Martin spent 14 years catching in the big leagues, playing for the Chicago White Sox, New York Mets and Chicago Cubs from 1959-1972. In 908 games Martin hit .222 with 32 home runs. The best season of Martin’s career came in 1961 when he played in 110Continue reading “Swings and misses”

Swings and misses

Larry McWilliams pitched for 13 years in the big leagues, going 78-90 with a 3.99 ERA. His best year came in 1983 when he was pitching for the Pittsburgh Pirates. He won 15 games and had a 3.25 ERA in 35 starts. He finished fifth in the National League Cy Young vote at the season’sContinue reading “Swings and misses”

Swings and misses

The American League Rookie of the Year in 1971, Chris Chambliss spent 17 years playing in the big leagues, hitting .279 with 185 home runs. He played for just three teams during his career, the Cleveland Indians, New York Yankees and Atlanta Braves. He was an all star for the Yankees in 1976, a yearContinue reading “Swings and misses”

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”

Swings and misses

An all star in 1974, Ralph Garr hit .306 in a 13-year career spent with the Atlanta Braves, Chicago White Sox and California Angels. Garr came up with the Braves in 1968 and played sparingly for the next three years. He became a regular in 1971 and responded by hitting .343 and scoring a career-highContinue reading “Swings and misses”

John Castino

The American League Rookie of the Year in 1979, Castino played for six seasons in the majors, hitting .278 with 41 home runs. His career was cut short by back problems that forced him to retire in 1984, but in the five full seasons he played he was one of the better infielders in theContinue reading “John Castino”

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”

Don Schwall

The 1961 Rookie of the Year in the American League, Schwall spent seven seasons pitching in the majors, compiling a 49-48 record in the process. Schwall came up with the Boston Red Sox in 1961 and made an immediate impact. He went 15-7 with a 3.22 ERA that season for Boston, earning a trip toContinue reading “Don Schwall”

Frank Linzy

Almost exclusively a relief pitcher, Linzy was one of the top bullpen arms in the National League during much of the 1960’s. He came up with San Francisco and pitched eight games in 1963 before returning to the minors for 1964. He was back with the Giants in 1965 and this time he stuck. HeContinue reading “Frank Linzy”