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Baseball with Matt: Sam McDowell

Hey baseball fans!


Matt Nadel here of Baseball with Matt with some more baseball history. I know that the Indians don’t have the greatest history of producing winning pitchers, except for Bob Feller and Satchel Paige. However, there was a certain pitcher on Cleveland that was pretty good, and if he had been on a better team, he would’ve been a 200+ game winner and a possible Hall of Famer. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Sam McDowell!


Sam McDowell (Courtesy of http://www.baseball-almanac.com/ )

“Sudden” Sam McDowell (nicknamed because of his soft pitching motion that produced a lightning fast fastball) played for the Indians, Giants, Yankees, and Pirates from 1961-1975. In his 15-year career, the six-time All Star posted a record of 141-134 with a 3.17 ERA. Actually, if not for some bad seasons towards the end of his career, he could have easily had an ERA under three! He led the league in earned run average in 1965 (2.18) and had a career low 1.81 ERA in 1968. However, he went 15-14 that year because his team (the Indians) didn’t give him any run support, but like I said before, if he was on a better club, he would have a lot more wins and a lot less losses.


Overall, Sam is not getting into the Hall any time soon. However, he will always be known by Cleveland fans as one of the best in the business. Anyway, thanks for reading this post and I hope you enjoyed it. Check back in a couple of days for more of “all the buzz on what wuzz.”

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