Re: A Realistic look at 2012: Part I
posted at 2/20/2012 1:19 PM EST
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[QUOTE]In Response to Re: A Realistic look at 2012: Part I : Kasko's Kiddies! I hear you Burrito. 1972 was my true baptism of fire with the Sox...my first heartbreak, but as it turned out just a little warmup for the other ones.
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My family moved to Maine from milwaukee in the early 70's. My favorite player was Tommy Harper, and when the Brewers traded him to the Sox before the 1972 season, I switched to being a Sox fan.
That was a nice team. I loved Luis Aparicio at SS and others, but the staff was not strong enough (Pattin, Siebert, Curtis, McGlothen, Culp and the immergence of Luis Tiant). Bill Lee was in the pen with gary Peters, Lew Krausse and Don Newhaquser, tatum and Bolin. The team was almost totally transformed over the next 2-3 years.
1973: Yaz was moved to 1B, Harper moved from CF to LF, Smith from RF to CF to make was for 21 year old Dwight Evans. Bill Lee became a starter and pitched 285 IP! Tiant pitched 272! Curtis 221 & Pattin 219 and Roger Moret went 13-2 and had 15 GS'd. Bob Bolin and Bob Veale carried the Sox pen and we went from 85 wins in '72 to 88 in '73.
With Darrell Johnson in 1974 we went back to just 84 wins. Fisk got hurt, Smith was traded and Juan Beniquez, Cecil Cooper, Mario Guerrero, and Bernie Carbo came onto the scene of become major players Tiant went 22-13 in 311 IP, Lee went 17-15 in 282 IP, and Reggie Cleveland went 12-14 in 221 IP. Dick Drago and Moret were the 4/5 starters, but we saw 9 starts each by Rick Wise & Juan Marachal. Diego Segui got 108 IP from the pen. We still had Dick Pole and Bob Veale. We only used 13 pitchers that year and 4 of them had less than 13 IP! (Basically 9 pitchers had al but 32 IP)
The magical 1975 season was marred by the late injury to Jim Rice, but I think we were the best team that year-- no disrespect to the Big Red Machine. Fisk, Yaz, Griffin/Doyle, Burleson, Rico, Jim Ed, Lynn, Dewey, and Cecil Cooper hitting .311 as the DH! Carbo off the bench with 15 Hrs and 50 RBIs. Beniquez at .291 off the bench, and Bob Montgomery backing up Carlton. Again, we only used 12 pitchers in 1975 with 2 of them getting 11 IP combined.
Tiant 18-14 4.02 (260 IP)
Lee 17-9 3.95 (260)
Wise 19-12 3.95 (255)
Clev 13-9 4.43 (171)
Moret 14-3 3.60 (145)
Pole 4-6 4.42 (90)
Drago 2-2 3.84 (73)
Segui 2-5 4.82 (71)
Burton 1-2 2.89 (53)
Willough 5-2 3.54 (48)
That was a heartbreaking WS, but I've been hooked ever since.