Tuesday, January 14, 2014

#744 Jim Slaton

Depicted : a young 21 year old rookie who would set and to this day continues to hold several Brewer pitching team records…Holds the mark for wins 114, Inning Pitched, games started…with no one nearing the marks (thanks free agency and a small market)…Jim did it with quiet consistency and longevity mostly on Brewers teams that found wins difficult to come by…He lead in Brewer losses by 31 games but even that status is a testimony to his longevity…. Came to the Brew Crew in total obscurity having pitched in only two games in the Class A Midwest league the year before…Won his debut dealing 6 shutout innings against the pale hose…Finished a 10-8 record….1972 was rougher turning in 1-6 record and being sent to the minors (he did pitch well at AAA Evansville, whose stadium in depicted below in 1983)…bounced back nicely in 1973 and the following four years wining won 10 or more games…also lost more games than he won in each of those years….Best season came after he dealt to Tigers for Ben Ogilvie…17 wins in 1978…Next season, Jim returns to Milwaukee via free agency and pitches five more years...sweet arrangement for the Brewer because Ogilive stays with the team until the mid eighties…Finishes with time with Angels and Tigers again…nice shot of the original Brewer blues with a strong similarity to the Seatle Pilots design....Only a one time all star.  

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