Swings and misses

An all-star in 1983, Atlee Hammaker pitched for 12 years in the majors, going 59-67 with a 3.66 ERA. He pitched from 1981-1995 for the Kansas City Royals, San Francisco Giants, San Diego Padres and Chicago White Sox. He won 12 games for the Giants in 1982, then won 10 more to go with aContinue reading “Swings and misses”

Swings and misses

An all-star in 1967, Steve Hargan pitched in 354 games during 12 years in the majors, posting an 87-107 career record with a 3.92 ERA. He played for the Cleveland Indians, Texas Rangers, Toronto Blue Jays and Atlanta Braves but had the vast majority of his success with Cleveland at the beginning of his career.Continue reading “Swings and misses”

Sonny Jackson

Jackson spent 12 years playing in the majors, breaking in with the Houston Colt .45’s in 1963 and finishing with the Atlanta Braves in 1974. In between he appeared in 936 games, hitting .251 with seven home runs and 126 stolen bases. His best year came for Houston in 1966 when he hit .292 withContinue reading “Sonny Jackson”

Swings and misses

An all-star in 1973, Manny Mota spent 20 years playing in the majors for the San Francisco Giants, Pittsburgh Pirates, Montreal Expos and Los Angeles Dodgers. In 1,536 games he hit .304 with 31 home runs. A superb pinch hitter, Mota retired as the all-time leader in pinch hits with 150. His mark has sinceContinue reading “Swings and misses”

Swings and misses

A nine-time all star and a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame Class of 2008, Goose Gossage won 124 games and saved 310 more while pitching for the Chicago White Sox, Pittsburgh Pirates, New York Yankees, San Diego Padres, Chicago Cubs, San Francisco Giants, Texas Rangers, Oakland A’s and Seattle Mariners from 1972-1994. GossageContinue reading “Swings and misses”

Brian Kingman

Kingman pitched in 94 games, mostly for the Oakland A’s, between 1979-1983. He posted a 23-45 career mark with a 4.13 ERA. He lost 20 games for Oakland in 1980, which led the league, despite a decent 3.83 ERA. Kingman also pitched 211 innings that season, which was by far his career high. He wonContinue reading “Brian Kingman”

Trevor Wilson

Wilson pitched for eight seasons in the majors, posting a 41-46 record with a 3.87 ERA for the San Francisco Giants and Anaheim Angels between 1988-1998. Wilson made 29 starts and pitched in 44 games for the Giants in 1991. He won 13 times that season and had a 3.56 ERA while striking out 139Continue reading “Trevor Wilson”

Swings and misses

Somehow I ended up sending letters to Jim Wohlford twice, so this is his second appearance in this section. He played for 15 years in the majors, hitting .260 with 21 home runs while serving mainly as a reserve outfielder for the Kansas City Royals, Milwaukee Brewers, San Francisco Giants and Montreal Expos. Cory SnyderContinue reading “Swings and misses”

Jack Fisher

Fisher pitched for 11 years in the majors, going 86-139 with a 4.06 ERA while working for the Baltimore Orioles, San Francisco Giants, New York Mets, Chicago White Sox and Cincinnati Reds from 1959-1969. He had the best year of his career in 1960 for Baltimore, going 12-11 with a 3.41 ERA. It was theContinue reading “Jack Fisher”

Swings and misses

A six-time all star and a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame class of 2019, Harold Baines spent 22 years terrorizing pitchers while playing for five different teams from 1980-2001. The first selection in the 1977 draft, Baines is most notable for playing for the Chicago White Sox. He spent his first nine seasonsContinue reading “Swings and misses”