Friday, September 9, 2016

NICKNAMES OF THE 1970'S: THE "FRYING DUTCHMAN" BERT BLYLEVEN

Here’s a great nickname in my ongoing “nicknames of the ‘70’s” thread, the “Frying Dutchman” for Hall of Fame pitcher Bert Blyleven:


Born in Zeist, Holland (now the Netherlands), Blyleven started his 22-year career in 1970 with the Minnesota Twins and quickly established himself among the best pitchers in baseball.
During his great MLB run, he posted 17 seasons of 10+ victories, with a high of 20 in 1973, along with eight 200+ strikeout campaigns and nine with a 2.99 ERA or lower.
By the time the prankster retired after the 1992 season, he finished with 287 wins, a 3.31 ERA, 60 career shutouts and 3701 strikeouts over 692 games and 4970 innings pitched.
After having to wait 14 years, the BBWA finally voted him into the Hall of Fame in 2011, finally claiming a spot which he rightfully deserved.

2 comments:

  1. And let's not forget his other nickname courtesy of ESPN's Chris Berman: "Be Home" as in Bert "Be Home" Blyleven (by Eleven).

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