Thursday, November 11, 2010

#434 Dave Morehead

#434 Dave Morehead
Dave Morehead's chest hair is desperately trying to escape over the collar of his jersey. That's impressive and a little unsettling.

Fun facts about Dave Morehead:

-A native of San Diego, Dave signed with the Red Sox as a teenager in 1961.

-He made Boston's Opening Day roster in 1963, just his third pro season. He started his career with a bang by shutting out the Senators on five hits in his debut on April 13, 1963. He struck out ten in that game as well.

-His fourth career game was also memorable; on May 12, 1963, again facing the Senators, the only hit he allowed was a Chuck Hinton solo home run. Despite walking six and striking out three, he earned a 4-1 win.

-Overall, he was 10-13 with a 3.81 ERA in his rookie season.

-Morehead struggled greatly over the next two seasons, combining to win 18 games and lose 33. In 1965, he led the American League with 18 losses; on the plus side, he was also eighth in the league with 163 strikeouts.

-On September 16, 1965, he no-hit the Indians, allowing only a second-inning walk to Rocky Colavito. It was the only Boston no-no from 1963 through 2000.

-Arm injuries limited Dave to 33 major league games from 1966 through 1968. He did throw 3.1 innings of scoreless relief in two games in the 1967 World Series.

-After being drafted by the Royals, he was with the club for their first two seasons, pitching in 49 games (19 starts) with a 4.07 ERA. He was released in the spring of 1971, bringing his career to an early end.

-In eight seasons, Morehead was 40-64 with a 4.15 ERA.

-When he retired, Dave was probably glad that he didn't have to face Brooks Robinson any more. The Hall of Fame third baseman batted .467 (21-for-45) with 7 doubles, 2 home runs, and 12 RBI in their meetings.
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  1. It's interestng how many of these young pitchers pitched shutouts or complete games in their debuts. Today, if a guy goes 5 or 6 innings in their debut, it's a great start.

    And a lot of them had arm troubles, which suggests that they were worked too hard.

  2. It would be interesting to know if the average pitching career is any longer today than it was back in that era...

  3. Marc - Sports medicine has also come a long way in the last 50 years.