Let’s go and give versatile pitcher Tom Hall, aka “The Blade”, a 1973 nickname card, adding to my long-running “Nicknames of the 1970s” thread started here many years ago:
Hall, who was as thin as a “blade of grass”, had himself quite a season in 1972 for the Cincinnati reds, going 10-1 for the National League champs, with a 2.61 ERA over 47 appearances, seven of them starts.
His career would play through the 1977 season, with seven games for the Western Division champ Kansas City Royals, finishing off a nice 10-year stint that saw him go 52-33 with an excellent 3.27 ERA and 797 K’s over 358 games and 852.2 innings.
That 1972 season would be considered his best when he went 10-1 with a 2.61 ERA and 134 strikeouts in 124.1 innings for the National League Champion Cincinnati Reds.
But his 1970 year would not be too far behind, when he went 11-6 with a 2.55 ERA and a career high 184 strikeouts over 155.1 innings and 52 games for the Minnesota Twins.
Not too shabby!