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February 10 – Happy Birthday Allie Reynolds

allie-reynolds.jpgIn our younger days, my brother and I used to play softball for a bar called Shorty’s Tavern. Shorty’s was a great hangout and was run by a friendly ex-boxer named Carmen “Shorty” Persico.  Back then, most of the bar’s regulars were either retirement age like Shorty or college age like my brother, me and our friends.

The two generations would drink Schlitz on tap together for twenty-five cents a glass, watch sporting events and old movies on Shorty’s television, and argue politics, religion and sports. My favorite of Shorty’s older generation was Nick Fusella. He had retired from Sears, was still single, loved to read, philosophize and watch Yankee baseball. My buddies knew Nick could be easily goaded into an argument by telling him that a modern day Yankee was much better at his position than the player who started there for the Bombers back when Nick was our age. You know, Munson was better than Berra, Mantle was better than DiMaggio, etc. etc.

The reason we loved to get into these arguments with Nick was because his passionate rebuttals always included classic, expletive-filled clichés and phrases like, “Munson couldn’t carry Berra’s jock strap,” or Babe Ruth would show Reggie where the hen sh#@ freezes.”

One day we were all in Shorty’s watching a Yankee game and some Yankee starter was pitching pretty good and somebody tried to get Nick going by saying that the guy was the best starter in the team’s history. Nick quietly took a sip of his draft, smacked his lips and stared back at us and said, “You guys obviously never saw the f*@#&ng Indian pitch.” He was referring to the Superchief, Allie Reynolds.

To be accurate, Reynolds was only three-sixteenths Indian but Nick Fusella was right, he was one of the most skilled and effective pitchers in Yankee history. What made him especially valuable to the Yankee teams that won five straight World Championships from 1949 through 1953 was his ability to both start and relieve. Reynolds, Vic Raschi and Eddie Lopat combined to give the Yankees one of the most successful trio of starters on one team in the game’s history.

The Yankees got Reynolds in a post WWII trade with Cleveland by giving up their future Hall of Fame second baseman, Joe Gordon.  He went 131-60 during his eight seasons in Pinstripes, saving 41 games and throwing 27 shutouts along the way. He was 7-2 in the six World Series in which he appeared and collected six championship rings. Reynolds was born on this date in 1917.

This Hall-of-Fame Yankee hurler shares today’s birthday with Superchief. So does this much more recent addition to the Yankees’ starting rotation, this long-ago owner of the Yankee franchise and this one-time Yankee DH.

Year Tm W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB SO WHIP
1947 NYY 19 8 .704 3.20 34 30 3 17 4 2 241.2 207 94 86 23 123 129 1.366
1948 NYY 16 7 .696 3.77 39 31 5 11 1 3 236.1 240 108 99 17 111 101 1.485
1949 NYY 17 6 .739 4.00 35 31 4 4 2 1 213.2 200 102 95 15 123 105 1.512
1950 NYY 16 12 .571 3.74 35 29 4 14 2 2 240.2 215 108 100 12 138 160 1.467
1951 NYY 17 8 .680 3.05 40 26 11 16 7 7 221.0 171 84 75 12 100 126 1.226
1952 NYY 20 8 .714 2.06 35 29 6 24 6 6 244.1 194 70 56 10 97 160 1.191
1953 NYY 13 7 .650 3.41 41 15 23 5 1 13 145.0 140 64 55 9 61 86 1.386
1954 NYY 13 4 .765 3.32 36 18 14 5 4 7 157.1 133 65 58 13 66 100 1.265
13 Yrs 182 107 .630 3.30 434 309 97 137 36 49 2492.1 2193 1026 915 133 1261 1423 1.386
NYY (8 yrs) 131 60 .686 3.30 295 209 70 96 27 41 1700.0 1500 695 624 111 819 967 1.364
CLE (5 yrs) 51 47 .520 3.31 139 100 27 41 9 8 792.1 693 331 291 22 442 456 1.432
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 2/22/2014.