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March 5 – Happy Birthday Doug Bird

The biggest contribution Doug Bird made to the Yankees was surrendering the eighth inning two-run home run to Thurman Munson that enabled New York to win the pivotal third game of the 1978 ALCS against the Royals. Munson’s homer was the only earned run Bird allowed the Yanks in a total of six postseason games he appeared against them between 1976 and ’78. After that series, the Royals traded Bird to Philadelphia where he had an unspectacular 1979 season. When the Phillies released him, the Yankees signed the tall right-handed native of Corona, California and he went 3-0 with a save for the 1980 AL East division winners. He was doing even better in 1981 when New York swung a deal that sent Bird to the Cubs for Rick Reuschel, who had been the ace of Chicago’s rotation for most of the previous decade. Even though Bird was 5-1 at the time of the trade, you had to be impressed with the Yankees’ front office ability to turn a Bird into a Reuschel. As it turned out, Reuschel went 4-4 for New York the rest of that season and then developed arm trouble and missed all of 1982. The snake-bitten Yankees released him in June of 1983. Reuschel would end up rehabbing his arm and become the ace of the Giants staff in the late eighties. In the meantime, Bird was converted back into a starter with the Cubs and after a 9-14 season in 1983 he was traded to Boston and was out of the big leagues one year later. Doug was born in Corona, CA and turns sixty-three-years-old today.

Bird shares his birthday with this one-time Yankee outfielder and this WWII era third baseman.

Year Tm W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB SO WHIP
1980 NYY 3 0 1.000 2.66 22 1 7 0 0 1 50.2 47 16 15 3 14 17 1.204
1981 NYY 5 1 .833 2.70 17 4 3 0 0 0 53.1 58 19 16 5 16 28 1.388
11 Yrs 73 60 .549 3.99 432 100 199 8 3 60 1213.2 1273 590 538 122 296 680 1.293
KCR (6 yrs) 49 36 .576 3.56 292 43 171 3 1 58 714.2 702 315 283 62 188 464 1.245
CHC (2 yrs) 13 19 .406 4.70 47 45 1 4 2 0 266.1 302 153 139 31 46 105 1.307
NYY (2 yrs) 8 1 .889 2.68 39 5 10 0 0 1 104.0 105 35 31 8 30 45 1.298
PHI (1 yr) 2 0 1.000 5.16 32 1 10 1 0 0 61.0 73 35 35 7 16 33 1.459
BOS (1 yr) 1 4 .200 6.65 22 6 7 0 0 1 67.2 91 52 50 14 16 33 1.581
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 3/31/2014.