Bert Blyleven… pitched for the Twins, Indians, Pirates, Angels and Rangers on his way to the Baseball Hall Of Fame. He had 287 wins, 242 complete games and 60 shutouts over his career. At the time he retired, he was 3rd on the all-time strikeout list.
In 1976, Blyleven… started the season with the Twins and then was included in a June 1st trade that sent him and Danny Thompson to the Rangers for Mike Cubbage, Bill Singer, Roy Smalley and Jim Gideon. Bert went 13-16, 2.87 for two middle-of-the-pack teams, and seems to have been the victim of some hard luck. In quickly scanning over his game logs, I see 7 complete game losses. He finished in a three-way tie for 2nd in the league with 6 shutouts (Nolan Ryan had 7) and was 3rd in the league in strikeouts
Editorial Comment…I’ve never been completely sold on Blyleven as a HOFer. To me, he was extremely good pitcher for a very long time, and his cumulative stats puts him in very good company… but I don’t know that he was ever a great pitcher. He got Cy Young votes multiple times, but was never all that close to winning. He was named to only two All-Star teams. I don’t feel like he was ever one of the most dominant pitchers of the game at any particular point in time. One could say that he would’ve garnered more attention had he played on better teams, but one could also say that he wouldn’t have gone as deep into games (and accumulated more stats in the process) had he played on better teams. I’m not saying that Blyleven doesn’t belong, just that I have my doubts. Sorry, Bert. You don’t have to circle me.
Shea-o-meter: Many of the photos in 1976 SSPC were taken in Shea Stadium; Every team came through Shea because the Yankees were temporarily playing in Shea while Yankee Stadium was being renovated. “Can two Major League teams share a ballpark without driving each other crazy?”
This is one of those Twins photos taken at the original Yankee Stadium.
Pretty sure it’s Shea: 8
Can’t tell: 11
Not Shea: 7
We’re going to keep track of all the instances of 1970’s facial hair and other 1970’s trends… Sideburns, afros, mustaches, Aviator glasses…
Bert doesn’t really have anything “1970’s” going on here.
Total Cards: 75
1970’s Sideburns: 37
Fu Manchu: 4
Mustache other than Fu Manchu: 23
Long Hair: 16