Swings and misses

Koosman won 222 games over a 19-year career that stretched from 1967-1985. He was an all star in 1968 and 1969 and won 17 games for the “Miracle Mets” in 1969, then went on to beat Baltimore twice in that year’s World Series. Koosman won another game in the 1973 World Series which the MetsContinue reading “Swings and misses”

Von Joshua

Joshua spent 10 years roaming major league outfields, posting a .273 career average with 30 home runs in 822 games. He came up with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1969 but did not become a regular until he joined the San Francisco Giants in 1975. He played in 129 games that season and hit .318Continue reading “Von Joshua”

Swings and misses

The Rookie of the Year in 1969, Lou Piniella spent 18 years playing in the majors, most notably for the New York Yankees. He was with the Kansas City Royals, however, when he hit .282 with 11 home runs to claim top rookie honors. Piniella went on to play in one All-Star Game and finishContinue reading “Swings and misses”

Gary Thomasson

Thomasson spent nine seasons in the majors, playing for four different teams from 1972-1980. He came up with the San Francisco Giants in 1972 and was a starter at first base and in the outfield the following season. He had the best year of his career in 1977 when he hit .256 with 17 homeContinue reading “Gary Thomasson”

Don Robinson

Robinson won 109 big league games and saved another 57 during 15 seasons spent pitching in the majors. His best year as a starter may well have been his first season in the majors. Robinson came up in 1978 with the Pittsburgh Pirates and went 14-6. He finished third that year in the National LeagueContinue reading “Don Robinson”

Al Worthington

Worthington pitched for 14 years in the majors. He came up with the New York Giants in 1953, going 4-8 in 20 games. He remained with the Giants through their move to San Francisco where he went 11-7 with six saves in 151.1 innings in 1958. Worthington was traded to the Boston Red Sox inContinue reading “Al Worthington”

John D’Acquisto

Sporting News’ Rookie Pitcher of the Year in 1974, D’Acquisto pitched for 10 seasons in the big leagues, mostly for the San Francisco Giants and San Diego Padres. He had his best season as a rookie for the Giants in what was his second year in the big leagues. He came up in 1973 andContinue reading “John D’Acquisto”

Tito Fuentes

Fuentes spent 13 years in the big leagues, mostly playing second base for the San Francisco Giants. He came up with San Francisco in 1965 and was a starter the following season, finishing third in the Rookie of the Year vote. He remained the Giants’ starting second baseman through the 1974 season. His best yearContinue reading “Tito Fuentes”

Jack Hiatt

Hiatt played for nine seasons in the major leagues, breaking in with the Los Angeles Angels in 1964 and finishing with the California Angels in 1972. In between, Hiatt spent time with the San Francisco Giants, Montreal Expos, Chicago Cubs and Houston Astros. A career .251 hitter, Hiatt never saw action in more than 90Continue reading “Jack Hiatt”