Wednesday, April 23, 2014

TTM Goodness - Don Gullett, Pat Corrales, Clay Carroll

Frist up, be sure to vote in the Ugstravaganza. Now, on to the autos.

Don Gullett was a first round draft choice by the Reds in 1969 and would quickly jump to the bigs at the start of the 1970 season. In seven years with Cincy, he would pitch in four World Series, totaling 39.2 innings and a 2.72 ERA with 2 wins. He would sign with the Yankees in 1977 and pitch in two more Series before shoulder problems forced his retirement in 1978. Gullett rejoined the Reds as a pitching coach in 1993, a position he would hold for over a decade. He was elected to the Reds Hall of Fame in 2002. Signed is a 1974 Topps #385.

Pat Corrales was signed by the Phillies as an amateur in 1959 and debuted for them in 1964. After a stop in St. Louis, he would begin his 5 year career with the Reds in 1968, logging over 130 games as a catcher. After two years in San Diego, he would retire to pursue a managerial career. He would spend 9 years total as the manager of the Rangers, Phillies, and Indians, notching 572 wins between 1978 and 1987. Signed is a 1970 Topps #293.

Clay Carroll was signed as an amateur by the Braves in 1961 and would debut for them in 1964. He would spend five years with the Braves before starting his eight year stint with the Reds in 1968. In 486 games for Cincy, mostly in relief, Carroll would go 71-43 with a 2.73 ERA. He would lead the league in saves in 1972, a then-NL-record 37, and maintained a 1.33 ERA in three World Series for the Reds. After brief stints for the White Sox, Cardinals, and Pirates, Carroll would retire in 1978. Two years later, he was elected into the Reds Hall of Fame. Signed is a 1970 Topps #133.

Go Reds.

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