Monday, June 6, 2016

THEN AND NOW: WILBUR WOOD 1964-1979

One of the more interesting careers during the 1970’s, my next player for the “Super Veteran’s-Then and Now” thread is former knuckle-baller Wilbur Wood.
Check out the card first:


Four straight seasons of 300+ innings, including an incredible 376.2 in 1972 when he posted a 24-17 record with a 2.51 earned run average in 49 starts! INSANE!
He also threw eight shutouts and struck out 193 batters along with 20 complete games.
You have to remember that just two seasons before, in 1970, he led the league in appearances with 77, ALL out of the bullpen, while posting 21 saves.
The man could do it all!
In 1968, while leading the league once again with 88 appearances and 46 finished games, he threw for 159 innings and posted a sparkling 1.87 ERA along with a 13-12 record, and three years later in 1971 he’d go on to post a sub-2.00 ERA as a starter, throwing seven shutouts while posting a 22-13 record in his first year as a full-time starter, a year that also started his incredible innings run.
It’s just amazing to think that someone threw all those innings in one season during my lifetime in this day of pitch-counts and specialty relievers.
By the time he retired after the 1978 season, Wood finished with a 164-156 record, appearing in 651 games, with 297 of them starts.
He’d have a final ERA of 3.24, with 24 career shutouts, 1411 strikeouts and 57 saves over 2684 innings pitched.
He led his league in pitching appearances three times, all consecutive, then went on to lead the league in starts four years in a row soon after.
Awesome!

2 comments:

  1. Wilbur was Awesome. One of my All Time Favorite Pitchers from the 1970's. I just love the Call to the Bullpen to get him into the Game, it went something like this......Wilbuuuuuur get in Here! Ha!

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  2. One Friday night, I guess it must have been 1973, the White Sox came into Yankee Stadium for a Twilight doubleheader. I was excited to watch it being a Sox fan growing up in New York. Wilbur Wood started the first game and got bombed out in the first inning. Chuck Tanner figured that Wood hadn't gotten much of a workout in the first game, so he pulled his scheduled starter in the second game before the game even started and switched to Wood. And Wood lost that game too! He started and lost both ends of a doubleheader. I wonder if this has been done since.

    The Sox and Yankees had very similar seasons in 73. Both came into the season with high hopes, got off to hot starts, were both in first place for much of the early part of the year, and both completely collapsed in the second half.

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