|Reviewing Players (1967) Baseballhistorian.com |
Attendance at most major stadiums was down somewhat during the 1967 season due to the war in Viet Nam. Some of baseball's well-known, star players were winding down their brilliant major league careers and a new generation was coming of age on the baseball diamonds.
* Bob Veale, Pittsburgh Pirates Pitcher LH - in 1964, the flame throwing, 6ft, 6inch - 212-pounder led the National League in strikeouts 250 and became the first pitcher in Pittsburgh long history to punch-out 200 or more strike outs in one year. And, he did it a total of four times in his career. In the last four seasons (1964-67) Veale recorded W/L records of 18-12, 17-12, 16-12 and 16-8 and posted ERA of 2.73, 2.84, 3.02 and 3.64.
* Don Lock, Philadelphia Phillies Outfielder - a well-regarded slugger, he debuted into the majors as a 26-year old in 1962 and in his last four years (1963-66) with the Senators, he lined 87 home runs, before being traded to the Phillies for pitcher Darold Knowles on Nov 30, 1966. With Philadelphia in '67, Don Lock hit .252, including 13 doubles, 14 home runs and drove in 51 runs. His career stats: .238 BA, 92 Ds, 122 Hr, 359 Runs and 373 RBIs, Senators 1962-66, Phillies 1967-69.
* Juan Pizzaro, Chicago White Sox Pitcher, LH - a 11-year veteran this year (1967), the fastball throwing left-hander was acquired by the Pirates on Nov 28, 1966 after pitching for the Chicago White Sox for six seasons. He broke into the majors with the Milwaukee Braves as a flame-throwing 20-year old back in 1957 and played on two straight Braves' pennant winners ('57-'58). Traded to the White Sox in 1961, Pizzaro posted a 14-7 record, with a fine 3.07 ERA in his first year in Chicago. He was one of the Sox leading pitchers in '63 and '64 going 16-8, 2.69 ERA and 19-9, 2.56 ERA and was picked for two All-Star Games. Born in Santurce, Puerto Rico, he used his 90 mph fastball to strike out over 160 batters for four straight years 1961-64.
* Ted Uhlaender, Minnesota Twins Outfielder - an impressive fielder, the 6ft, 2inch, left-handed batter hit a solid .263 in his eight year major league career (1965-1972). Completing his first full season in '66, he stole 10 bases, and collected 83 hits in 367 at-bats... in 1967, his seven triples were tied for the team lead. He hit .283 with 21 doubles, 5 triples and 7 homers in '68... traded to Cleveland in '70, he had his best batting tear in '71 - hitting .288 in 141 games. A real speedster, he had been timed at 3.6 seconds in getting down to first base. Ted Uhlaender career stats: .263 BA in 2932 at-bats, 114Ds, 21 Ts, 36Hr, 52 stole bases, 343 Runs, 285 RBIs, 202 Walks, 277Ks and a .313 on/base/percentage. Minnesota 1965-69, Cleveland 1970-71, Cincinnati 1972.
* Bobby Locke, California Angels Pitcher RH - as a starting pitcher in the minors, he won 17 games in '54 and 18 in '55... broke into the big-leagues with Cleveland in 1959, and was 3-2, 3.12 ERA, 2 Saves in 24 games, 7 starts in 77 2/3 innings. In 1960 he hurled two shutouts, completed 2-of-9 starts, worked 123 innings in 32 games. He pitched one game with St. Louis in '62 before being traded to the Phillies where he was used as a reliever. Locke pitched for Cincinnati one season, '66 before being traded to the Angels in '67 and used in short relief, gained 3 victories, no losses, 2 saves in 9 games. Bobby Locke career stats: 16-15 W/L, 10 Saves, a 4.02 ERA in 165 Games. (1959-1968).
* Ed Brinkman, Washington Senators Shortstop - rated as one of the best fielding shortstops during this era. He broke into the majors with the Senators back in 1962 and played there until he was traded to Detroit after the 1970 season. Ed Brinkman career stats: .224 BA, 1,355 hits in 6,045 at-bats, 201 Ds, 38Ts, 60Hr, 550 Runs, 461 RBIs, 444 Walks, 845Ks... Washington 1962-70, Detroit 1971-74, St Louis Cards 1975.
* Darrell 'Bucky' Brandon, Boston Red Sox Pitcher, RH - an all-around athlete, he started in the minors as an outfielder/ infielder/pitcher and joined the Red Sox as a pitcher in '66, posting a 8-8 W/L with a fine 3.30 earned run average, striking out 101 batters in 157 2/3 innings. One of the team's workhorses in 1967, he fell to 5-11, but saved 3 games, had a 4.18 ERA, appeared in 39 games, while completing 2-of-19 starts.
* Ed Stroud, Washington Senators Outfielder - one of the fastest players on the Senators, he played parts of two seasons with the White Sox ('66-'67) before being traded to Washington in early 1967. He stole 15 bases in his first year in D. C. The left-handed hitting Stroud hit a career-best .266 in 129 games in '70 while stealing a career-high 29 bases.
* Don Pavletich, Cincinnati Reds Catcher/First Baseman - a fine backstop and an outstanding pinch-hitter he broke in with the Reds in 1962 and had his best batting seasons in Cincinnati. In '65 he hit a robust .319, hit 11 doubles and 8 homers in 191 at-bats and followed that with a solid .294, 13Ds, 12Hr in 235 at-bats in '66. He stayed with the Reds until 1968 when he was traded to the White Sox.
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* Sal Bando, Oakland Athletics Third Baseman - Oakland fans will be seeing a lot of this 24-year old 3rd baseman. A product of the A's farm organization, Sal is considered one of the club's most promising young talents. He appeared in 47 games as a rookie in the majors in 1967. Bando has fast reflexes and makes it hard for a batter to smash the ball past him and down into leftfield. The infielder has shown signs of developing into a good big league hitter.
* Gary Nolan, Cincinnati Reds Pitcher RH - just 17-years old and having only 12 games of minor league ball behind him, he impressed the Cincinnati brass so much last spring that he was brought up north with the Reds. The right-hander proved to be a gifted hurler. Gary Nolan went on to top the Reds' staff in strikeouts (206) in innings pitched (226.7) and tied for complete games (8). The fireballing rookie chalked up five shutouts to pace the club in 1967. In addition to his blazing fastball, he has an excellent curveball and unusually fine control for his age.
* Jim Farley, Los Angeles Dodgers Outfielder - he batted over .300 in each of his three years in the minor leagues. In 1965 he had his best season as he hit .323 for Santa Barbara and slammed 20 home runs. The outfielder bats and throws lefthanded. Scouts' rating: 4-Stars for both batting and fielding.
* Jack Billingham, Los Angeles Dodgers Pitcher RH - he won 13 games for Spokane during each of the past two minor league seasons. Tall and thin, he stands 6ft, 4inches and weighs in at 190 pounds. He has been pitching in organized ball since 1961.
* Dave Duncan, Kansas City/Oakland Athletics Catcher RH - after spending most of 1967 in the minors at Birmingham, the then 22-year old appeared in 34 games and lined 4 doubles in 101 trips to the plate. Scouts rate: minor league record shows batting power and he ranked as one of the top defense backstops in his minor league career. A's management states: Dave Duncan should see loads of action behind home plate and could be the team's catcher of-the-future.
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