Wednesday, October 16, 2013

#775 Jerry Ruess

Jerry Reuss... a tall distinctive looking blond man who pitched in the MLB over 21 seasons…Started in 1969 as a late season call up pitching 7 shut out innings and getting the win...1971 was his first full season for a hometown boy who grew up in St. Louis....But the Cards dealt him before the 1972 season to Houston... a student of the all aspects of baseball and was avid photographer of stadiums…logged in 220 wins and was possibly one of the best pitchers in 1980 and then the strike shorten 1981 season.  Was the eighth youngest player when he started, and second oldest in his last season….easy to spot in old photographs and game footage because of long flowing locks…never won 20 but had 18 winsthree times….but almost did everything else....No hitter in 1980...comeback player in the same year...World Series win in 1981...by all rights appears to be person very happy with his major league career.


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