Mains: The Year of the Pitcher, 50 years ago

From SABR member Rob Mains at Baseball Prospectus on October 30, 2018:

To wrap up our season-long feature, I’m going to review the individuals whose stories took center stage during 1968, the Year of the Pitcher. I’ll do it chronologically, with links to the original articles, wrapping up in mid-November.


Bob Uecker (joined the Braves’ speakers bureau, week ending April 15): Never caught another game in the majors. But latched onto a pretty good second career.

Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum (opened, week ending April 22): Now the fifth-oldest MLB stadium, following Fenway Park, Wrigley Field, Dodger Stadium, and Angel Stadium.

Tom Phoebus (pitched a no-hitter for the Orioles, week ending April 29): Had a 14-7 record and 3.52 ERA for Baltimore in 1969 over 202 innings. He was 27 years old that year, and it was the last time he qualified for the ERA title. He was 5-5 with a 3.07 ERA in 135 innings for Baltimore in 1970. Over the next two years, with the Padres and Cubs, he was 6-15 with a 4.29 ERA over 222 1/3 innings. He threw his last major-league pitch at age 30.

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Originally published: October 30, 2018. Last Updated: October 30, 2018.