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March 11 – Happy Birthday Dock Ellis

With a reputation as a flake and a substance abuser, Ellis came to the Bronx in the same trade that made Willie Randolph a Yankee and Doc Medich a Pirate. At first, I didn’t like the deal because I was a pretty big Medich fan and thought the Yankees could win with Sandy Alomar Sr. as their starting second baseman. It only took me about a month of watching Randolph play to realize how great a deal it was for New York, even if Ellis had never pitched a single inning in Pinstripes. But Dock ended up pitching 217 of them for New York that year, winning 17 games and helping the Yankees capture the 1976 AL Championship.

The Yankees traded Ellis to Oakland right after the 1977 season opened in the deal that put Mike Torrez in pinstripes. Dock was then sold to the Rangers in June of that same season. The flighty right hander later pitched for the Mets  before ending his career as a Pirate, in 1979. Lifetime, Ellis won 138 games. Dock was one of those rare big league pitchers who could hit from both sides of the plate. He was born in LA on March 11, 1945. He died in December of 2008, a victim of cirrhosis.

This former Yankee right-fielder who wore uniform number 53 and this long-ago-outfielder who wore a uniform without a number were also born on March 11th.

Year Tm W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB SO WHIP
1976 NYY 17 8 .680 3.19 32 32 0 8 1 0 211.2 195 83 75 14 76 65 1.280
1977 NYY 1 1 .500 1.83 3 3 0 1 0 0 19.2 18 9 4 1 8 5 1.322
12 Yrs 138 119 .537 3.46 345 317 10 71 14 1 2128.0 2067 958 817 140 674 1136 1.288
PIT (9 yrs) 96 80 .545 3.16 231 208 6 51 12 0 1430.1 1356 598 502 78 438 869 1.254
TEX (3 yrs) 20 18 .526 3.82 55 53 1 10 1 1 355.1 353 175 151 33 104 145 1.286
NYY (2 yrs) 18 9 .667 3.07 35 35 0 9 1 0 231.1 213 92 79 15 84 70 1.284
NYM (1 yr) 3 7 .300 6.04 17 14 3 1 0 0 85.0 110 60 57 9 34 41 1.694
OAK (1 yr) 1 5 .167 9.69 7 7 0 0 0 0 26.0 35 33 28 5 14 11 1.885
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 4/4/2014.