Thursday, August 20, 2009

#117 Wes Stock

#117 Wes Stock
As an Orioles fan, it seemed to me like there were a lot of one-time O's who were pictured with the A's in the 1965 Topps set. Upon closer inspection, there are six (Wes Stock, Jim Gentile, John O'Donoghue, Wayne Causey, Orlando Pena, Moe Drabowsky). There are twenty-two Athletics player cards in all. So yeah, that's a fair ratio.

Fun facts about Wes Stock:

-Wes was born in Longview, WA and attended Washington State University before signing with the Orioles in 1956.

-In his first pro season, he led the class-C Northern League with a .700 winning percentage (14-6) and 182 strikeouts in 181 innings. He proceeded to miss the next two years in military service.

-Split the 1959 and 1960 seasons between AAA and the majors, and was effective in 37 innings in the bigs (2-2, 3 saves, 3.06 ERA).

-Had only one major league start in 321 career appearances; he shut out the Senators for five innings but received a no-decision as the Birds lost 1-0.

-Twice had a perfect record, going 5-0 for the O's in 1961 (3.01 ERA) and 7-0 for them in 1963. In all, he appeared in 100 straight games between losses in that span.

-Picked up wins in both ends of a doubleheader on May 26, 1963 with five total scoreless innings.

-Never surrendered more hits than innings pitched in a full season.

-Career-best season was 1964, in which he went 8-3 with a 2.30 ERA, five saves, and 115 strikeouts in 113 and two-thirds innings for the Orioles and Athletics.

-Retired in 1967 with a 27-13 mark, 22 saves, and 3.60 ERA in parts of nine seasons.

-Became a well-known pitching coach with the Mets organization (1968-1969), as well as in the majors with the A's (1967, 1973-1976, 1984-1986), Brewers (1970-1972), and Mariners (1977-1981). He also spent 1982 and 1983 as a TV announcer for Seattle's games.
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