Swings and misses

A member of the famed Big Red Machine, Jack Billingham won 145 games during a 13-year career that saw him pitch for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Houston Astros, Detroit Tigers and Boston Red Sox in addition to the Cincinnati Reds. Billingham was an all star in 1973 while pitching for the Reds. He led theContinue reading “Swings and misses”

Walt Terrell

Terrell won 111 games during 11 years in the majors. He came up with the New York Mets in 1982 and was an 11-game winner for the team in 1984. The Mets dealt him to the Detroit Tigers at the end of 1984 and he would enjoy his best seasons with the team. Terrell wasContinue reading “Walt Terrell”

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”

Swings and misses

The National League’s leader in wins in 1973, Ron Bryant pitched for eight seasons in the big leagues, going 57-56 with a 4.02 ERA for the San Francisco Giants and St. Louis Cardinals. Bryant broke in with San Francisco in 1967, then spent the next year back in the minors. He returned in 1968 andContinue reading “Swings and misses”

Kurt Stillwell

An all star in 1988, Stillwell spent nine years in the majors, hitting .249 with 34 home runs in 998 games. He broke in with the Cincinnati Reds in 1986 and was immediately a starter for the team, playing in 104 games as a rookie and 131 the next season. The Reds dealt him toContinue reading “Kurt Stillwell”

Rick Wise

Over an 18-year stretch in the big leagues, Wise went 188-181 with a 3.69 ERA while pitching for five teams. He debuted for the Philadelphia Phillies in 1964 and had an 11-win season for the team in 1967. He won 15 games for Philadelphia in 1969. This began a nine-year run that saw Wise postContinue reading “Rick Wise”

Swings and misses

A three-time all star, Chili Davis hit 350 home runs during a 19-year career that spanned from 1981-1999. In 2,435 games, Davis hit .274 with 2,380 hits and 1,372 RBIs. Davis was an all star in 1984 and 1986 while playing for the San Francisco Giants and in 1994 for the California Angels. He hitContinue reading “Swings and misses”

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.Continue reading “Swings and misses”

Swings and misses

Steve Mura pitched for seven years in the majors, compiling a 30-39 record with a 4.00 ERA. He broke in with the San Diego Padres in 1978 and stayed there until 1982, when he joined the St. Louis Cardinals. Mura had the best year of his career with the Redbirds that season, winning 12 gamesContinue reading “Swings and misses”

Swings and misses

Hal Dues pitched in 37 games for the Montreal Expos between 1977-1980, going 6-8 with a save and a 3.08 ERA. His best year was 1978 when he won five games for Montreal ¬†and notched his lone save in 99 innings of work. An all star in 1976, Steve Swisher spent nine seasons in theContinue reading “Swings and misses”