January 16 – Happy Birthday Jack McDowell

jack-mcdowell-ny-daily-news.jpg.gifThe New York Yankee team of 1994 was 6.5 games ahead of second place Baltimore in early August of that season, when Major League baseball players walked off the job to begin what would become the longest strike in League history. That Yankee team had a starting pitching staff of Jimmy Key, Jim Abbott, Melido Perez, Terry Mulholland and Scott Kamieniecki. So even though I was disgusted with both the players and the owners at that time, I do remember being slightly excited when I learned the Yankees had acquired the 1993 AL Cy Young Award recipient and two-time twenty-game winner, Jack McDowell, from the White Sox in December of 1994.

They called the lanky right-hander “Black Jack” and he was one of those free spirits that graces the game every now and then. He was a grunge musician. He was never happy about his contract and he could care less what anybody said about him and that included Yankee fans and the cannibalistic Big Apple Sports Media. This explains why, when he was lifted after getting bombed in the second game of a mid July double-header against his old team the White Sox, McDowell flipped the bird to booing Yankee Stadium fans as he walked back to the dugout. He actually had a decent season in New York, leading the staff in victories with 15 and shutouts with 2. But his pinstripe future was sort of sealed when he gave up the walk-off two-run double to Edgar Martinez that knocked New York out of the 1995 playoffs. His middle finger and his lack of postseason success convinced the Yankee front-office that they could afford not to offer McDowell another contract and he ended up signing with the Indians.

Also born on January 16 is this former Yankee with the nickname of “Bye-Bye,”  this former Yankee reliever and this one too.

Year Tm W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB SO WHIP
1995 NYY 15 10 .600 3.93 30 30 0 8 2 0 217.2 211 106 95 25 78 157 1.328
12 Yrs 127 87 .593 3.85 277 275 0 62 13 0 1889.0 1854 874 809 173 606 1311 1.302
CHW (7 yrs) 91 58 .611 3.50 191 191 0 49 10 0 1343.2 1258 562 522 105 419 918 1.248
ANA (2 yrs) 5 7 .417 5.68 18 18 0 0 0 0 95.0 127 62 60 15 24 57 1.589
CLE (2 yrs) 16 12 .571 5.11 38 36 0 5 1 0 232.2 258 144 132 28 85 179 1.474
NYY (1 yr) 15 10 .600 3.93 30 30 0 8 2 0 217.2 211 106 95 25 78 157 1.328
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 1/16/2014.

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