Thursday, December 6, 2012
446 - Jerry Reuss
Jerry Reuss pitched in 22 seasons for eight different Major League Baseball teams. Reuss is a two-time All-Star with a start in 1975 with the Pirates and a selection in 1980 with the Dodgers.
Reuss made his big league debut in 1969 for the St. Louis Cardinals. Reuss joined the Houston Astros in 1972 in a trade that included Scipio Spinks. After two seasons with the Astros and a 1973 season in which he led the league in walks, Reuss was traded again to the Pittsburgh Pirates for Milt May.
Reuss' career took after arriving in Pittsburgh. He pitched the next five seasons with the Pittsburgh Pirates, which included a start in his first All-Star Game in 1975 and starts in the National League Championship Series in 1974 and 1975.
Reuss was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1979 with whom he pitched nine seasons. His finest season came in 1980 in which pitched to a 18-6 record, threw a no-hitter, was selected to his second All-Star Game and finished the season as the Comeback Player of the Year and second for the Cy Young Award. He also pitched in the World Series with the Dodgers in 1981.
In 1988 while with the Chicago White Sox, Reuss earned his 200th win become only the second pitcher with 200 wins without a 20-win season. Milt Pappas was the first and Reuss was later joined on that list by Charlie Hough.
Reuss ended his career back with the Pirates and pitched his last game in 1990.
After retiring from baseball, Reuss worked in broadcasting as a color analyst for ESPN and the Anaheim Angels. Since 2006, Reuss has been working in radio and TV for the Los Angeles Dodgers broadcasts.
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In 2013, the Houston Astros, along with their move to the American League, will be wearing uniforms and hats designed similarly to what Reuss is wearing in his photo.