March 17th, 2013

March 17 – Happy Birthday Tim Lollar

TimLollar.jpgThis tall southpaw is one of the few members of the New York Yankees to be born on St Pattie’s Day. Lollar had already appeared in 13 games out of the bullpen when Manager Dick Howser gave the then 24-year-old rookie his first and only pinstripe start against the Tigers in the very last game of the 1980 season. Lollar responded by pitching six innings of one-run ball and getting the victory. Then on the last day of the 1981 spring training season, Lollar was included in a package of players sent to the Padres for outfielder Jerry Mumphrey. After a bad 2-8 initial season in San Diego, Lollar broke out with a 16-9 record in 1982 and a 3.13 ERA. That turned out to be his one and only great season. He finished his big league career as a Red Sox in 1986 with a career record of 47-52. Lollar shares his St. Patrick’s Day birthday with this very troubled former Yankee reliever.

Lollar is the only Yankee and only big league ballplayer to have been born in Poplar Bluff, MO. Plenty of Yankees however, have been born in the “Show Me” state. Here’s my top six Pinstriped Missourians of all time:

Yogi Berra – St Louis (in Hall of Fame)
Casey Stengel – Kansas City (in Hall of Fame)
Mel Stottlemyre – Hazelton
Elston Howard – St Louis
Clete Boyer – Cassville
David Cone – Kansas City

Year Tm W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB SO WHIP
1980 NYY 1 0 1.000 3.34 14 1 5 0 0 2 32.1 33 14 12 3 20 13 1.639
7 Yrs 47 52 .475 4.27 199 131 20 9 4 4 906.0 841 459 430 93 480 600 1.458
SDP (4 yrs) 36 42 .462 4.07 119 106 4 8 4 1 680.2 617 325 308 64 328 454 1.388
BOS (2 yrs) 7 5 .583 5.48 48 11 8 1 0 1 110.0 108 72 67 16 74 72 1.655
NYY (1 yr) 1 0 1.000 3.34 14 1 5 0 0 2 32.1 33 14 12 3 20 13 1.639
CHW (1 yr) 3 5 .375 4.66 18 13 3 0 0 0 83.0 83 48 43 10 58 61 1.699
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 4/9/2014.