Swings and misses

Charley Rabe pitched in 11 big-league games for the Cincinnati Reds in 1957 and 1958. He went 0-4 with a 3.67 ERA in 27 innings. He made two starts and finished one game while striking out 16 of the hitters he faced. Rabe’s professional career lasted from 1952-1963. A veteran of 15 seasons, Ernie WhittContinue reading “Swings and misses”

Swings and misses

An all star in 1979, Dave Lemanczyk pitched for eight years in the big leagues, breaking in with the Detroit Tigers in 1973 and finishing with the California Angels in 1980. He posted a 37-63 mark with a 4.62 ERA in his career. He was 13-16 for the Toronto Blue Jays in 1977 and ledContinue reading “Swings and misses”

Mike Epstein

Epstein played for nine seasons, from 1966-1974, hitting .244 with 130 home runs for five different teams. After two years with the Baltimore Orioles, Epstein joined the Washington Senators in 1967 and had a career year two seasons later. In 1969 Epstein slugged a career-high 30 home runs while hitting .278 with 85 RBIs andContinue reading “Mike Epstein”

Swings and misses

A 20-game winner in 1977, Dave Goltz pitched for 12 years in the big leagues, compiling a 113-109 career record with a 3.69 ERA and 1105 strikeouts. Gotlz strung together six straight seasons with double-digit wins while pitching for the Minnesota Twins from 1974-1979. His best year came in 1977 when he led the AmericanContinue reading “Swings and misses”

Dalton Jones

Jones spent nine years playing in the majors for three different teams. He hit .235 during the span, with 41 home runs. He came up a highly-touted prospect with the Boston Red Sox in 1964 and saw action in 118 games. He had the best year of his career for the 1967 Red Sox, hittingContinue reading “Dalton Jones”

Dave Chalk

A two-time all star, Chalk spent nine years playing in the majors. He came up with the California Angels in 1973 and was an all star the very next year. Splitting time between third base and shortstop, Chalk hit .252 with five home runs and 10 stolen bases in 1974. He became California’s full-time thirdContinue reading “Dave Chalk”

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”

Jim Umbarger

Umbarger pitched for four years in the major leagues, almost exclusively for the Texas Rangers. He went 25-33 during the span with a 4.14 ERA. He broke in with Texas in 1975, winning eight games and saving two more in 56 games. Umbarger joined the Rangers’ rotation full time in 1976, starting 30 games andContinue reading “Jim Umbarger”

Bill Stein

Stein spent 14 years playing in the majors, compiling a .267 career batting average and hitting 44 home runs along the way. He came up with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1972 but did not see regular action until 1975 while playing for the Chicago White Sox. Stein hit .270 that season in 76 gamesContinue reading “Bill Stein”