Monday, February 23, 2009

#548 Dick Stigman

Dick Stigman by you.
I received my first copy of Dick Stigman's card from Max, but I subsequently received this very fetching slabbed and graded PSA 8 (Near Mint - Mint) card from a reader whose name I stupidly forgot. I even deleted the email! This is not one of my prouder moments as a blogger. But to the faithful and generous reader who sent this card, if you could send me an email as a reminder, I'll gladly give you a special mention in my next post!

Fun facts about Dick Stigman:

-Hails from Nimrod, MN. Keep your jokes to yourself.

-Signed with the Indians in 1954, and endured six minor league seasons (including three with double-digit losses) before debuting in Cleveland in 1960.

-His patience paid off, as he made the American League All-Star team as a rookie swingman. He had gone 4-4 with 3 complete games, 6 saves, and a 3.80 ERA in the first half of the season before fading later. He was also named to the Topps All-Star Rookie team.

-After suffering from arm injuries in 1961, Dick was traded to the hometown Twins along with Vic Power for Pedro Ramos. The pitcher paid immediate dividends, going 12-5 with a 3.66 ERA in 40 games and completing 6 of his 15 starts in 1962.

-The following year was the best all-around effort of Stigman's career. He both won and lost 15 games, completed 15 as well, compiled a personal-best 3.25 ERA, and placed third in the A.L. with 193 strikeouts.

-Made the most of his five career shutouts. They included a three-hitter and a ten-inning four-hitter. He also two-hit the Senators on May 29, 1963, and might have had a shutout if not for a throwing error by Earl Battey that led to Washington's lone run.

-After a tough 6-15, 4.03 performance in 1964, he spent most of the Twins' championship 1965 campaign in the bullpen. Despite a middling 4.37 ERA, he did hold righty batters to a .218 average. He did not pitch in the World Series, as the Dodgers' wealth of switch hitters weren't conducive to the matchup game.

-Set a record with ten straight no-decision starts between 1965 and 1966.

-His final year in the major leagues was 1966, as he struggled on the Red Sox staff (5.44 ERA).

-Yielded a whopping nine home runs to Rocky Colavito; no other batter hit more than four off of Stigman.

Dick Stigman (back) by you.


  1. I'm enjoying this set more and more. The consistent team colored borders, the pennants, cartoons, full stats. What's not to like? The more you post of these Kevin, the more I am tempted to go after a set from the 60's for fun. I'd do it like you, not worrying about condition and using trades to collect a bunch them.
    I have not had a collecting project in a long time.