A consistent, determined winner, Mickey Lolich was in the spotlight throughout his career. In his first full season 1964, Mickey Lolich went 18-9 an ERA of 3.26. Lolich finished his career 12th on the all-time strikeout list with 2,832, second only to Steve Carlton among left-handers. Mickey Lolich captured the sporting headlines in 1968 by upstaging Hall of Famer, Bob Gibson, in the World Series. Lolich won complete games in Games 2 & 5 and faced and beat Gibson and the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 7 by the score of 4-1 as the Tigers won the World Championship. In this World Series, Lolich pitched three complete games and allowed only five runs an ERA of 1.67. In 1971, Lolich was 25-13, ERA 2.92, started 45 and completed 29 with 4 shutouts; he led the AL in wins and strikeouts with 308. Again in 1972 he was 22-14, GS 41, GC 23 and posted his career best ERA of 2.50.
Mickey Lolich never won the Cy Young but ended 2nd - three times. In 1976, the Tigers traded this aging, popular pitcher to the New York Mets.
He retired after one season but came back in 1978 & 1979 as a San Diego Padre starter and reliever. Mickey Lolich career stats: 217-191, ERA 3.26 in 3638 innings, gave up 3366 hits, had 2832 strike outs and hurled 41 shutouts. We tip our cap to Mickey Lolich, a diligent worker and an outstanding pitcher, you were top-of-the line in our book. Detroit Tigers Baseball History presented by Baseball Historian