Closing out the week today, we have a 1970 “Nicknames of the 1970’s” card for former reliever Phil Regan, who got the tag “Vulture” for his knack of coming into games in relief and snagging the win away from the starter:
Los Angeles Dodger great Sandy Koufax gave Regan the nickname, and Regan
did in fact rack up wins, logging 14 in 1966 and 12 in both 1968 and
1969, all out of the bullpen.
His 1966 season for the Dodgers was brilliant, as he posted a record of
14-1 with a sparkling 1.62 earned run average over 65 appearances,
leading the league with 21 saves.
Overall, he’d go on to play 13 years of Major League ball, posting a
record of 96-81, with an ERA of 3.84 along with 92 saves over 551
appearances, 105 of them starts.