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Encyclopedia > Elroy Face

Elroy Leon Face (born February 20, 1928 in Stephentown, New York) is a former relief pitcher in Major League Baseball who played for the Pittsburgh Pirates (1953, 1955-68), Detroit Tigers (1968) and Montreal Expos (1969). The outstanding reliever in the National League during the 1960s, upon his retirement he ranked third in major league history in pitching appearances, behind Hoyt Wilhelm and Cy Young, and second in saves behind Wilhelm. Nicknamed "The Baron", he batted and threw right-handed. February 20 is the 51st day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1928 (MCMXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ... Stephentown is a town located in Rensselaer County, New York. ... A relief pitcher warms up in the bullpen as the game goes on A relief pitcher or reliever is a baseball or softball pitcher who enters the game after the starting pitcher is removed due to injury, ineffectiveness and/or fatigue. ... Major League Baseball (MLB) is the highest level of play in professional baseball in the world. ... Major league affiliations National League (1887-present) Central Division (1994-present) East Division (1969-1993) American Association (1882-1886) Major league titles World Series titles (5) 1979 â€¢ 1971 â€¢ 1960 â€¢ 1925 1909 NL Pennants (9) 1979 â€¢ 1971 â€¢ 1960 â€¢ 1927 1925 â€¢ 1909 â€¢ 1903 â€¢ 1902 1901 Central Division titles (0) None East Division... Major league affiliations American League (1901-present) Central Division (1998-present) East Division (1969-1997) Major league titles World Series titles (4) 1984 â€¢ 1968 â€¢ 1945 â€¢ 1935 AL Pennants (9) 1984 â€¢ 1968 â€¢ 1945 â€¢ 1940 1935 â€¢ 1934 â€¢ 1909 â€¢ 1908 1907 Central Division titles (0) None East Division Champs (3) 1987 â€¢ 1984 â€¢ 1972... Major league affiliations National League (1969-present) East Division (1969-present) Major league titles World Series titles (0) None NL Pennants (0) None East Division titles (1) [1][2] 1981 (as Montréal) Wild card berths (0) None [1] - In 1981, a players strike in the middle of the season... This article refers to the American baseball league. ... The 1960s decade refers to the years from 1960 to 1969, inclusive. ... James Hoyt Wilhelm (July 26, 1922 in Huntersville, North Carolina - August 23, 2002 in Sarasota, Florida) was an American relief pitcher in Major League Baseball. ... Denton True Young (March 29, 1867 – November 4, 1955) was the pre-eminent baseball pitcher during the 1890s and 1900s. ... To save in a sport means to stop a goal or to maintain the lead. ...


Career

In a 16-season career, Face posted a 104-95 record with a 3.48 ERA, 193 saves and 877 strikeouts in 1375 innings. In baseball statistics, earned run average (ERA) is the mean of earned runs given up by a pitcher per nine innings pitched. ... In baseball, a strikeout or strike out (denoted by K, K-S, or SO) occurs when the batter receives three strikes during his time at bat. ... In baseball, innings pitched (IP) are the number of innings a pitcher has completed, measured by the number of batters and baserunners that are put out while the pitcher is in the game. ...


Originally signed by the Philadelphia Phillies as an amateur free agent in 1949, Face was twice drafted by Branch Rickey, first for the Brooklyn Dodgers before the 1951 season, then, in 1952 for Pittsburgh. He made his debut a year later. Major league affiliations National League (1883-present) East Division (1969-present) Major league titles World Series titles (1) 1980 NL Pennants (5) 1993 â€¢ 1983 â€¢ 1980 â€¢ 1950 1915 East Division titles (6) [1] 1993 â€¢ 1983 â€¢ 1980 â€¢ 1978 1977 â€¢ 1976 Wild card berths (0) None [1] - In 1981, a players strike in... In North American professional sports, particularly baseball, football, and basketball, a free agent is a team player whose contract with a team has expired, and the player is able to sign a contract with another team. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1949 throughout the world. ... Wesley Branch Rickey (December 20, 1881 - December 9, 1965) was an innovative Major League Baseball executive who is best known for helping break baseballs color barrier by signing Jackie Robinson and creating the framework to the modern minor league farm system. ... Major league affiliations National League (1890-present) West Division (1969-present) American Association (1884-1889) Major league titles World Series titles (6) 1988 â€¢ 1981 â€¢ 1965 â€¢ 1963 1959 â€¢ 1955 NL Pennants (21) 1988 â€¢ 1981 â€¢ 1978 â€¢ 1977 1974 â€¢ 1966 â€¢ 1965 â€¢ 1963 1959 â€¢ 1956 â€¢ 1955 â€¢ 1953 1952 â€¢ 1949 â€¢ 1947 â€¢ 1941 1920 â€¢ 1916 â€¢ 1900... The following are the events of the year 1951 that happened world-wide throughout the sport of baseball. ... The following are the events of the year 1952 that happened world-wide throughout the sport of baseball. ...


Face pitched most of his career for the Pittsburgh Pirates. His most productive season came in 1959, when he posted a remarkable 18-1 record, with 17 victories in a row, earning the highest single-season winning percentage in major league history (.947). In 1960, he became the first pitcher in history to earn 20 saves more than once. The following are the baseball events of the year 1959 throughout the world. ... In baseball, a pitcher is credited with a win (or W) when, in a game won by his team, he is the teams pitcher at the time that his team takes a lead that it does not relinquish for the remainder of the game. ... The following are the events of the year 1960 that happened world-wide throughout the sport of baseball. ...


Selected an All-Star from 1959-61, he saved at least 16 games in seven seasons at a time when starting pitchers were more apt to remain in a game they were leading, with a career-high 28 in 1962. In that season, he posted a 1.88 ERA, and eight times had an ERA under 3.00. In the 1960 World Series, he shocked the Mantle-Maris duo and the New York Yankees, saving three of the four victories for the Pirates champion team. The Major League Baseball All-Star Game, also popularly known as the Midsummer Classic, is an annual exhibition baseball game between players from the National League and the American League, currently selected by fan vote for the position players and by the manager for pitchers. ... The following are the events of the year 1962 that happened world-wide throughout the sport of baseball. ... In baseball statistics, earned run average (ERA) is the mean of earned runs given up by a pitcher per nine innings pitched. ... The 1960 World Series was played between the Pittsburgh Pirates (NL) and New York Yankees (AL). ... Mickey Charles Mantle (October 20, 1931 – August 13, 1995) was an American baseball player, regarded as one of the best of all time. ... Roger Maris (September 10, 1934 – December 14, 1985), was a baseball player primarily remembered for breaking Babe Ruths 34-year-old single-season home run record in 1961. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901-present) East Division (1969-present) Major league titles World Series titles (26) 2000 â€¢ 1999 â€¢ 1998 â€¢ 1996 1978 â€¢ 1977 â€¢ 1962 â€¢ 1961 1958 â€¢ 1956 â€¢ 1953 â€¢ 1952 1951 â€¢ 1950 â€¢ 1949 â€¢ 1947 1943 â€¢ 1941 â€¢ 1939 â€¢ 1938 1937 â€¢ 1936 â€¢ 1932 â€¢ 1928 1927 â€¢ 1923 AL Pennants (39) 2003 â€¢ 2001 â€¢ 2000...


Besides being considered one of the premier relievers of the 1950s and 1960s, Face was a well-rounded, philosophical man who explored the mountains of Nepal and Tibet seeking enlightenment during one off-season, and returned a changed man. Face decided to employ a new pitch, the forkball, after learning it from a monk while in the Himalayas. Upon his return to the U.S., he used his newly found inner peace and clarity (not to mention his ingenious new pitch) to confound opposite hitters: "It would come in hard and break anyway it wanted to, sometimes in, sometimes out, mostly down", Face said. // Events and trends This map shows two essential global spheres during the Cold War in 1959. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... The forkball is a type of pitch in baseball. ... A Roman Catholic monk A monk is a person who practices monasticism, adopting a strict religious and ascetic lifestyle, usually in community with others following the same path. ... The Himalaya is a mountain range in Asia, separating the Indian subcontinent from the Tibetan Plateau. ...


Face also decided to use his great renown to help humanitarian causes, and to put himself at the forefront of many social issues in the 1960s. He retired at the end of the 1969 season.


Highlights

  • 3-time All-Star (1959-61)
  • National League TSN Reliever of the Year Award (1962)
  • Led NL in victories and winning percentage (1959)
  • 3 times led NL in saves (1958, 1961-62)
  • 4 times led NL in games finished (1958, 1960-62)
  • Twice led NL in games pitched (1956, 1960)
  • Holds MLB record for highest winning percentage in a season (.947, 1959)
  • Holds MLB record for most relief wins in a season (18, 1959)
  • Holds MLB record for consecutive wins (17, 1959)
  • Holds MLB record for consecutive relief appearances (657)
  • Holds NL record for games finished (574)
  • His 96 career relief wins ranks him 5th on the all-time list
  • Tied with Walter Johnson for the most games pitched for one team (802)

The Sporting News Reliever of the Year Award was established in 1960 by The Sporting News (TSN) as TSN Fireman of the Year Award. ... In baseball statistics, a relief pitcher is credited with a game finished (denoted by GF) if he is the last pitcher to pitch for his team in a game. ... In baseball statistics, games pitched (denoted by GP) is the number of games in which a pitcher appears. ... Walter Johnson on a 1909-1911 American Tobacco Company baseball card (White Borders (T206)). Walter Perry Johnson (November 6, 1887-December 10, 1946), American professional baseball pitcher. ...

External links

  • Baseball-Reference.com - career statistics and analysis
  • 1960: The Last Pure Season, by Kerry Keene

 
 

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