Hungary Jack wrote:
I'll cheat a bit and invoke the ghost of John Fulgham. 10-6 with a 2.53 ERA (151 +) 1.021 WHIP, and 75:26 K:BB in 146 IP in his rookie year 1979.
4-6 in 1980 before his shoulder crapped out and that was it.
Fulgham seems to be my alter-ego. We share the same birthday and went to the same high school. Then last year when someone posted a thread about seeing which Cardinals present or past wear the same number as your current age, I looked up Fulgham, and lo and behold, it matched. Eerie...
small piece of trivia: Fulgham won 14 games in his 1.5 year career, all complete games.
How about Gene Garber? I adopted his spin-around corkscrew pitching motion. Using it, I beaned 2 batters and hit a third on a pick-off attempt in one inning once.
His most effective pitch was a change-up, which he effectively delivered from an unusual, herky-jerky motion in which he would almost completely turn his back to the batter before delivering the ball in a side-arm, "submarine-style" manner.
You just hit on my favorite Cardinal trivia question. Spring that one on just about anyone and most people just scratch their heads.. (Name the Cardinal pitcher from the late 70s who won 14 games, all of them complete game victories?)
My random player: Phil Niekro.