Monday, March 10, 2014

TTM Goodness - Four Pitchers From the 70's

Goin' old school today for some vintage auto goodness. Let's ride.

Rawly Eastwick was drafted by the Reds in 1969 and later made is debut for them in 1974. Eastwick had a 2.06 ERA in relief in 1975 and led the league in saves. He pitched in 5 games in the Reds' 1975 World Series win, gathering 2 wins in relief and a save. He would lead the league in saves again in 1976 for the Reds. He then would spend time with the Cardinals, Yankees, Phillies, Royals, and White Sox before retiring in 1981. Signed is a 1976 Topps #469.

Gary Nolan was drafted by Cincy in 1966 and began his decade with the Reds in 1967 at age 18, going 14-8. He would have a lifetime 110-67 record for the team, including a league best W-L% in 1972 when he went 15-5 with a 1.99 ERA, gathering an All-Star nod. He would start 11 playoff games for the Reds, including 7 in the World Series. He had a brief stint with the Angels before retiring in 1977. He would be elected into the Reds Hall of Fame in 1983. Signed is a 1970 Topps #484.

Joe Henderson was drafted by the Chicago White Sox in 1965 and debuted for them in 1974, pitching in 5 games. Henderson was then sent to Cincinnati where, after a year in AAA, would pitch in 11 games over the 1976 and 1977 seasons, including a perfect season line in 1976: 4 games, 11 innings, 0.00 ERA. 1977 would be his last professional year. His nephew, Dave Henderson, was also a major leaguer. Signed is a 1977 Topps #487.

Wayne Simpson was drafted by the Reds in 1967 and debuted for Cincy in 1970. In his debut game, Simpson pitched a 2 hit shutout. In 26 starts his rookie year, he would go 14-3 (a league-leading W-L%) with a 3.02 ERA and an All Star nod. Ligament damage in his throwing arm would limit him for the rest of his career. He pitched two more years in Cincinnati, then a year each in Kansas City, Philadelphia, and California before calling it a career in 1977. Signed is a 1970 Topps #683.

Go Reds.

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