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December 22 – Happy Birthday Tom Underwood

The Yankees acquired Tom Underwood in the same 1979 postseason trade in which they picked up catcher Rick Cerone from Toronto in exchange for Chris Chambliss and Damaso Garcia. At the time this transaction was made, I was not impressed with it because I did not think Cerone was that good an all-around player and I was also a huge Chambliss fan. As it turned out, New York did get a very good and very quick return on the deal. Cerone had a career year in his first season in pinstripes and Underwood became a valuable 13-game-winning member of New York’s 1980 starting rotation that included Ron Guidry, Tommy John, Luis Tiant and Rudy May. That Yankee team won an impressive total of 103 games and captured the AL East Division for skipper Dick Howser before they were knocked out of fall-ball by the Royals. Underwood did not get a start in that postseason series and when he started the following season going 1-4, the Yankees dealt him to the A’s.

This southpaw was born in Kokomo, Indiana on this date in 1953. His younger brother Pat also became a big league pitcher for the Tigers. The siblings actually faced each other in Pat’s first big league start in Toronto, on the last day of May in 1979. In a classic duel, Tom lost that game, 1-0 to his younger brother on an eighth-inning Jerry Morales home-run. In all, Tom pitched 11 seasons in the big leagues for a half-dozen different teams. He had a lifetime record of 86-87, with 18 saves and six shutouts. Unfortunately, Underwood passed away in 2010, a victim of pancreatic cancer. He was just 56-years-old.

This one-time Yankee outfielder and this former Yankee back-up catcher both share Underwood’s December 22nd birthday.

Year Tm W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB SO WHIP
1980 NYY 13 9 .591 3.66 38 27 5 2 2 2 187.0 163 85 76 15 66 116 1.225
1981 NYY 1 4 .200 4.41 9 6 1 0 0 0 32.2 32 17 16 2 13 29 1.378
11 Yrs 86 87 .497 3.89 379 203 68 35 6 18 1586.0 1554 772 685 130 662 948 1.397
PHI (4 yrs) 28 20 .583 4.02 89 60 10 10 2 3 421.1 434 202 188 24 170 245 1.434
OAK (3 yrs) 22 15 .595 3.59 123 30 40 3 0 12 348.2 329 156 139 28 143 187 1.354
NYY (2 yrs) 14 13 .519 3.77 47 33 6 2 2 2 219.2 195 102 92 17 79 145 1.247
TOR (2 yrs) 15 30 .333 3.88 64 62 0 19 2 0 424.2 414 218 183 46 182 266 1.403
BAL (1 yr) 1 0 1.000 3.52 37 1 10 0 0 1 71.2 78 33 28 8 31 39 1.521
STL (1 yr) 6 9 .400 4.95 19 17 2 1 0 0 100.0 104 61 55 7 57 66 1.610
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 12/22/2013.