Saturday, August 23, 2014

# 678 Steve Luebber

My representative picture (avatar) for this blog site has a connection to this lanky righthander…the ballpark is Bosse Field in Evansville Indiana…the photo was taken in Spring of 1983…The local AAA American Association Triplets vs Indianapolis Indians …The starting pitcher was Steve Luebber…Steve was still holding on as a starter in the Detroit organization…Good minor league pitcher with a career 145-116 win/loss…playing for 7 different organizations…Best and prolific stretch in his career was from 1970 to midseason 1971 when went 33-17 in class A, Winter league, and AA levels….Came up to bigs most to start, replacing Tom Hall who was pressed into relief to turn around the imploding bullpen…Steve was of limited effectiveness…returned to minors for next four years shifting between AA and AAA…next full shot with the Twins took place in 1976…Was marginally improved from his debut going 4-6, 4.00 ERA…released by Twins in 1978...Became a fixture in the AAA circuit playing for White Sox, Toronto, Baltimore, Detroit, and Padres organizations…Very brief call up with Orioles and Blue Jays...Went into coaching after he retired from active play...worked for several of the organizations he played for in the minors.


  1. He was especially good in lower minors. The extended career in AAA inflates his ERA a bit. I went to about 8-9 games in the last 2 years of AAA Evansville. Very informal at the time, you could walk right in w/o a ticket. Met a lot of people who would go on the MLB careers as players, coaches, or managers. I don't believe I met Steve however..

  2. Luebber is/was the pitching coach for the Wilmington Blue Rocks (the Royals' class-A team in Delaware) - at least in 2015.