Tom Phoebus, ‘Fireplug’ who helped Orioles win 1970 World Series, dies at 77

From the Baltimore Sun on September 7, 2019:

Right-hander Tom Phoebus, the little guy with the big curveball who won Game 2 of the 1970 World Series and also pitched a no-hitter during his five-year career with the Orioles, has died at 77.

Phoebus, at 5 feet 8 and 185 pounds, was nicknamed “Fireplug” by his Orioles teammates. He was a grinder who won 14 or more games for the Orioles in three straight seasons from 1967 to 1969 and played an important role on some of the best teams in franchise history.

“He had to be pretty good to be on our team,” Hall of Famer Brooks Robinson said Saturday. “Phoeby was kind of quiet. He didn’t say a lot. He was all business. He threw strikes and he got people out and he had a terrific career. He gave us his best every time.”

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Originally published: September 10, 2019. Last Updated: September 10, 2019.