Wednesday, December 3, 2014

MISSING IN ACTION- 1976 MILT WILCOX: "1976 PROJECT"

Next up on my "1976 Project" for a blog-reader Jim and his quest for the ultimate 1976 complete set is pitcher Milt Wilcox.
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Of course we all remember Wilcox from his rookie days with the Cincinnati Reds, and the years he spent as a Detroit Tigers player between 1977 and 1985.
But in 1975 he found himself as a member of the Chicago Cubs, in a bit of a transitional time in his career.
He pitched in 25 games for the Chicago that year, going 0-1 with a 5.63 earned run average over 38.1 innings of work, and would actually find himself missing Major League action altogether in 1976.
But the baseball "Gods" would smile on Wilcox as he'd land in Detroit and be a solid starter for the next nine years, solidifying his career before bowing out after the 1986 season as a member of the Seattle Mariners.
All told he'd go 119-113 with a 4.07 E.R.A., 10 shutouts and 1137 strikeouts over 394 games and 2016.2 innings.
Funny enough about two years ago I was watching a program on "Animal Planet", and wouldn't you know it, there's Milt Wilcox and his dogs competing in contests for "fetching" and the like. Seems he became a competitive dog-trainer of sorts, and for a dog-guy like myself that is all good!

5 comments:

  1. I believe I read somewhere that Milt is the only pitcher to start World Series games for the same manager (Sparky Anderson) for two different teams (Reds in '70; Tigers in '84) but I'm not sure.

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  2. Wilcox didn't start for the Reds in 70. He did pitch a game in the NLCS and two in the WS in relief though.

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  3. Jim and his quest for the ultimate1976 complete set? I'm in! Good job on this one Gio.

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  4. Milt almost had a perfect game once. Broken up by Jerry Hairston in the 9th inning ( I think).

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