Sunday, November 29, 2009

#199 Bob Heffner

#199 Bob Heffner
This weekend, we've got a Red Sox Daily Double. Bob Heffner appears to be standing in front of a yawning black abyss. That can't be good.

Fun facts about Bob Heffner:

-Born in Allentown, PA, Bob signed with the Red Sox as a teenager in 1957.

-After three years in the low minors, he went 16-9 with a 3.23 ERA in his first full season at class A Allentown.

-A year after leading the class A Eastern League with 234 strikeouts, Heffner finally got the call to Boston in 1963. He won his major league debut, a complete-game 9-2 decision over the Tigers.

-On June 28, 1963, he tied a major league record by recording three putouts at first base in one inning. Only two other pitchers have ever managed this feat.

-Had a serviceable first year, going 4-9 with a 4.26 ERA and finishing strong; his ERA in September was 3.41.

-Saw a lot of action in 1964, appearing in 55 games (45 in relief). Reached career highs in wins (seven), saves (six), and strikeouts (112) while fashioning a 4.08 ERA.

-Hit his only career home run on May 12, 1964 against Cleveland's Mudcat Grant.

-After a brutal 1965 campaign (7.16 ERA in 49 innings), was claimed by the Indians in the Rule 5 draft.

-Barely pitched in the majors after coming to the Tribe: five earned runs in 13 innings for Cleveland in 1966 and two earnies in eight innings for the Angels two years later.

-Ended his career at age 29 in 1968. In parts of five seasons he was 11-21 with a 4.51 ERA.
#199 Bob Heffner (back)

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