Phil Linz

Linz spent seven seasons as a utility infielder in the majors, playing for the New York Yankees, Philadelphia Phillies and New York Mets from 1962-1968. In 519 games, he hit .235 with 11 home runs. He played in 112 games for the Yankees in 1964, a season that would go down as his most productive […]

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 the […]

Rawly Eastwick

A two-time world champion, Eastwick pitched for eight seasons in the majors, going 28-27 with 68 saves and a 3.31 ERA. A relief specialist, Eastwick arrived in the majors with the Cincinnati Reds in 1974 and took over as the team’s closer the following season. He led the National League with 22 saves in 1975 […]

Swings and misses

Jim Winn went 12-17 with a 4.67 ERA during six big-league seasons. He arrived in the majors with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1983 but pitched in just 16 games his first two years. He became a regular part of Pittsburgh’s bullpen over the next two seasons and enjoyed what was probably the best year of […]

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 stole […]

Bernie Carbo

The 1970 Sporting News Rookie of the Year, Carbo played for 12 years in the majors, breaking in with the Cincinnati Reds and finishing with the Pittsburgh Pirates. In 1,010 games he hit .264 with 96 home runs. He played in four games for the Reds in 1969, then took over as the team’s starting […]

Jim Merritt

An all star in 1970, Merritt won 81 games during an 11-year big league career. He broke in with the Minnesota Twins in 1965 and quickly became a regular in their rotation. Merritt won 13 games in 1967, starting a streak of four straight seasons with at least 12 wins. The Twins traded him to […]