February 12 – Happy Birthday Pat Dobson

Former Yankee starting pitcher, Pat Dobson was born in Buffalo, NY in 1942. In 1974, Dobson and fellow starter, Doc Medich, each won 19 games for a rejuvenated Yankee team that finished just 2 games behind Baltimore for that year’s AL Eastern Division crown. I’ve always felt that if Mel Stottlemyre did not tear his rotator cuff that same season, that Yankee team, managed by Bill Virdon, would have won their division. If they had won in ’74, perhaps George Steinbrenner would not have brought in Billy Martin to replace Virdon the following year. Martin did not like Dobson and told the Yankee GM, Gabe Paul to get rid of him. Paul obliged by trading the right hander to Cleveland for Oscar Gamble.

Dobson’s best year in the big’s had been 1971, when he was one of four Oriole starters to win 20 games in a season, only the second time this had been accomplished in Major League Baseball. Jim Palmer, Dave McNally and Mike Cuellar were the other three Baltimore pitchers involved. Dobson was known for his curveball and during his 11-year pro career he won 122 games while losing 129. When his pitching days were over he became a pitching coach, then a scout and finally a front office executive with the San Francisco Giants. He died in 2006, a victim of leukemia, when he was just 64-years-old.

Dobson shares his February 12th birthday with this one time Yankee first baseman, this former utility infielder and this WWII era Yankee pitcher.

Year Tm W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB SO WHIP
1973 NYY 9 8 .529 4.17 22 21 0 6 1 0 142.1 150 72 66 22 34 70 1.293
1974 NYY 19 15 .559 3.07 39 39 0 12 2 0 281.0 282 111 96 23 75 157 1.270
1975 NYY 11 14 .440 4.07 33 30 1 7 1 0 207.2 205 105 94 21 83 129 1.387
11 Yrs 122 129 .486 3.54 414 279 51 74 14 19 2120.1 2043 939 833 197 665 1301 1.277
NYY (3 yrs) 39 37 .513 3.65 94 90 1 25 4 0 631.0 637 288 256 66 192 356 1.314
DET (3 yrs) 11 20 .355 3.06 124 20 41 3 1 16 279.1 227 107 95 29 114 191 1.221
CLE (2 yrs) 19 24 .442 4.49 68 52 4 6 0 1 350.2 381 192 175 36 130 198 1.457
BAL (2 yrs) 36 26 .581 2.78 76 73 2 31 7 1 550.2 468 193 170 37 132 348 1.090
ATL (1 yr) 3 7 .300 4.99 12 10 0 1 1 0 57.2 73 33 32 1 19 23 1.595
SDP (1 yr) 14 15 .483 3.76 40 34 3 8 1 1 251.0 257 126 105 28 78 185 1.335
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 2/26/2014.

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