Monday, December 22, 2014

THEN AND NOW #27: CLAUDE OSTEEN 1976

Though primarily known for his nine years as a Los Angeles Dodger pitcher, Claude Osteen was closing out a nice 18-year career in 1976, and I wanted to give him a "Super Veterans" card as part of my "Then and Now" thread.
Check it out:


Osteen fell just short of 200 wins in his career with 196, as he posted a 7-16 record with the "South-Siders" in 1975 over 37 starts and 204.1 innings of work.
But he did have a solid career nevertheless, winning 20 games twice (1969 and 1972), throwing 40 shutouts (with a high of seven in 1969), and finishing with a 3.30 earned run average, with four seasons posting a sub-3.00 figure.
Coming over from the Washington Senators in 1965, he must have been overjoyed becoming a Dodger, teaming up with Don Drysdale and Sandy Koufax (and soon enough Don Sutton), to form quite the formidable rotation.
He was part of a World Championship team right off the bat in 1965 as the Dodgers beat the Minnesota Twins, but was also part of the Dodger team that got swept in the series the following year by the Baltimore Orioles.
A three-time All-Star, Osteen is also in the top-50 all-time in shutouts and games started (with 488).

2 comments:

  1. Nice card. It's funny I remember him as s member of the Dodgers teams of the early 70's. Nobody around here ever spoke of him as coming up with the Reds. Or that he "got away". He must not have been with the Reds for very long before moving on. He was a good pitcher that was always overshadowed by his other teammates. Always respected by his opponents though.

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  2. After doing a little research, Mr. Osteen was born in Tennessee but grew up in the town of Reading Ohio just north of the Cincinnati city limits. Also he came up with the Reds but it looks like he was traded during the 1961 National League Championship season for the Reds. He made up for it with the Dodgers a few years later.

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