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May 14 – Happy Birthday Dick Tidrow

It sort of gets lost in Yankee history, but the April 1974 trade that put Chris Chambliss in pinstripes was one of the best deals a George Steinbrenner-run front-office ever made. Not only did the Yankees obtain the clutch-hitting first baseman in the seven player transaction with the Cleveland Indians, they also got a pitcher named Dick “Dirt” Tidrow. Tidrow was a big, mean-looking right-handed native of San Francisco, who had managed to win 40 games during his first three seasons in the big leagues, pitching for some very mediocre Cleveland teams.

He made an immediate contribution to the Bill Virdon-managed Yankee team of 1974 by going 11-9 as a starter and helping New York finish a surprising second in that year’s AL East Division race. During the next three seasons he evolved into one of the most versatile hurlers in New York’s arsenal, pitching mostly in relief but also starting when necessary. The Yankees would not have won the 1977 East Division pennant without Tidrow. That season he finished with an 11-4 record, with five saves and a 3.16 ERA. The guy was fearless on the mound and he became one of Billy Martin’s favorite go-to choices in crunch time of close games.

In ’78, Tidrow was used mostly as a starter, when both Catfish Hunter and Don Gullett went on the DL. When he won just seven of his eighteen decisions it seemed he fell out of favor with the ungrateful Yankee brass. I remember screaming when they traded Tidrow to the Cubs for reliever Ray Burris. I was certain Tidrow was the much better pitcher of the two and he proved it by giving the Cubbies four solid seasons of versatile and effective mound work before getting traded to the cross-town White Sox and finally slowing down in 1983 at the age of 36. He retired the following year. with 100 career victories (and 94 losses) plus 55 saves.

Tidrow shares his May 14th birthday with this Hall-of-Fame Yankee center fielderthis pennant-winning manager and this other former Yankee reliever.

Year Tm W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB SO WHIP
1974 NYY 11 9 .550 3.87 33 25 4 5 0 1 190.2 205 99 82 14 53 100 1.353
1975 NYY 6 3 .667 3.12 37 0 23 0 0 5 69.1 65 27 24 5 31 38 1.385
1976 NYY 4 5 .444 2.63 47 2 24 0 0 10 92.1 80 29 27 5 24 65 1.126
1977 NYY 11 4 .733 3.16 49 7 26 0 0 5 151.0 143 57 53 20 41 83 1.219
1978 NYY 7 11 .389 3.84 31 25 1 4 0 0 185.1 191 87 79 13 53 73 1.317
1979 NYY 2 1 .667 7.94 14 0 10 0 0 2 22.2 38 20 20 5 4 7 1.853
13 Yrs 100 94 .515 3.68 620 138 244 32 5 55 1746.2 1705 807 715 163 579 975 1.308
NYY (6 yrs) 41 33 .554 3.61 211 59 88 9 0 23 711.1 722 319 285 62 206 366 1.305
CHC (4 yrs) 28 23 .549 3.36 263 0 120 0 0 25 397.0 362 169 148 27 154 266 1.300
CLE (3 yrs) 29 34 .460 3.78 85 78 4 23 5 0 531.0 510 250 223 56 178 269 1.296
NYM (1 yr) 0 0 9.19 11 0 5 0 0 0 15.2 25 19 16 5 7 8 2.043
CHW (1 yr) 2 4 .333 4.22 50 1 27 0 0 7 91.2 86 50 43 13 34 66 1.309
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 5/13/2013.