November 30 – Happy Birthday Bob Tewksberry

In the late eighties, the Yankee starting rotation included promising prospects, Doug Drabek and Bob Tewksbury. Although scouts predicted both would become solid Major League starters, the ever impatient George Steinbrenner dealt them both. Drabek went on to win a Cy Young Award with the Pirates and Bob Tewksbury, who was born on today’s date in 1960, in Concord, NH, won 66 games during a five-season span with the Cardinals. “Tewks” is now a sports psychologist working for the Boston Red Sox. He had a chronically sore pitching arm throughout his big league career forcing him to experiment with different pitches and deliveries that he could use without stressing his right arm. These experiments included an eephus pitch he threw twice to Mark McGuire in a 1997, getting the slugger out each time.

Today also happens to be the birthday of another Yankee pitcher who used the eephus pitch successfully during his career and also this one-time Yankee outfielder.

Year Tm W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB SO WHIP
1986 NYY 9 5 .643 3.31 23 20 0 2 0 0 130.1 144 58 48 8 31 49 1.343
1987 NYY 1 4 .200 6.75 8 6 1 0 0 0 33.1 47 26 25 5 7 12 1.620
13 Yrs 110 102 .519 3.92 302 277 8 31 7 1 1807.0 2043 884 787 142 292 812 1.292
STL (6 yrs) 67 46 .593 3.48 154 142 4 18 4 1 968.2 1047 424 375 71 125 409 1.210
MIN (2 yrs) 15 26 .366 4.49 52 51 0 6 2 0 317.0 374 165 158 31 51 152 1.341
CHC (2 yrs) 0 4 .000 6.75 8 4 3 0 0 0 21.1 38 20 16 2 15 11 2.484
NYY (2 yrs) 10 9 .526 4.01 31 26 1 2 0 0 163.2 191 84 73 13 38 61 1.399
TEX (1 yr) 8 7 .533 4.58 21 21 0 4 1 0 129.2 169 75 66 8 20 53 1.458
SDP (1 yr) 10 10 .500 4.31 36 33 0 1 0 0 206.2 224 116 99 17 43 126 1.292
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 11/30/2013.

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