Friday, March 7, 2014

#732 George Culver

Journeyman…Well traveled with stops to Cleveland, Cincinnati, St. Louis, Houston, Los Angeles, and Philadelphia… mostly a situation relief specialist but dabbled as a starter when he was Red and Cardinals with some success…1968:  11-16 W-L record, and lead the league in hit batters*…Despite this threw a no-hitter against the Phillies on July 29th and his ERA was better than the team average and lead his team in starts…1971 was his best season setting personal best in ERA, games finished, saves…For a career did not garner a lot of saves, 23 in his 278 relief appearances and 137 games finished…1974 was his last active year…Managed and sometimes pitched in the minors 1978…and made appeared in six games in 81, 82, and 85 when served as a coach.…Managed AAA affiliate of Phillies thereafter....Not related to the fast food chain (although the franchise's co-founder first name was George too)  

*George's explaination of HPB  "I wasn’t really wild by the main reason I led the league in hit batters was because I was known for having a pretty good slider. So right-handed hitters would get caught leaning out over the plate looking for a slider and would get hit with a fastball inside."

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