Thursday, October 15, 2009

#96 Sonny Siebert

#96 Sonny Siebert
I think that Sonny Siebert sounds like a name you'd hear on The Andy Griffith Show. But nobody cares what I think.

Fun facts about Sonny Siebert:

-A native of St. Mary, MO, Sonny attended the University of Missouri. He was pursued by the NBA's St. Louis Hawks, but ultimately signed with the Indians in 1958.

-The Tribe initially saw him as an outfielder, but converted him to a pitcher in 1960. Within two years, he was a 15-game winner at class A Charleston. In another two years, he was in the major leagues to stay.

-Sonny shined as a rookie swingman in 1964, crafting a 3.23 ERA in 41 games.

-Shifting to the starting rotation in 1965, Siebert excelled: 16-8 with 2.43 ERA, 191 strikeouts in 188.2 innings pitched, a 0.98 WHIP, and a league-leading 4.15 strikeout-to-walk ratio.

-An All-Star season followed in 1966, thanks to another 16-8 record, a 2.80 ERA, 11 complete games, and a June 10 no-hit effort against the Senators.

-After a couple of years of low ERAs and equally low win totals, Sonny was traded to Boston in 1969. His first two full seasons with the Red Sox represented his peak, as he went 31-18 with a 3.16 ERA and nabbed another All-Star selection in 1971.

-Was the last American League pitcher to hit two home runs in a single game when he took Baltimore's Pat Dobson deep twice on September 2, 1971.

-Put his suitcase to good use in the waning years of his career, moving from Boston to Texas to St. Louis to San Diego to Oakland.

-He finished his career in 1975 with a 140-114 record and a 3.21 ERA in 12 seasons.

-Spent the 1991 and 1992 seasons coaching for the Padres' Class A Waterloo team.
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  1. Hey, this guy pulled the opposite trick that Rick Ankiel's pulled... instead of going from pitcher to outfielder, he went from outfielder to pitcher.

  2. Besides being a very good pitcher for the Red Sox, he was also one of their best pinch hitters.