Sunday, May 08, 2011

ron reed, pitcher

Ron Reed (born November 2, 1942 in LaPorte, Indiana) is a retired American starting/relief pitcher in Major League Baseball who played for the Atlanta Braves (1966-75), St. Louis Cardinals (1975), Philadelphia Phillies (1976-83) and Chicago White Sox (1984). He batted and threw right-handed. Reed was a basketball standout at the University of Notre Dame and later played in NBA for the Detroit Pistons (1965-67)

In a 19-season career, Reed posted a 146-140 record with a 3.46 ERA, 103 saves, 1481 strikeouts, eight shutouts, 55 complete games, and 2477-23 innings in 751 appearances (236 as a starter).
He is one of only five pitchers in MLB history to have 100 wins, 100 saves and 50 complete games. The other four are Ellis Kinder, Firpo Marberry, Dennis Eckersley, and John Smoltz[1]

1968 National League All-Star team

Two World Series (1980, 1983)

Eight National League Championship Series (1969, 1976-78, 1980-81, 1983)
Won a career-high 18 games to help the Atlanta Braves to its first NL division title

Led MLB with 13 relief wins in 1979

Is one of only eight pitchers in history (with John Smoltz, Elroy Face, Dennis Eckersley, Bob Stanley, Rich Gossage, Dave Giusti and Hoyt Wilhelm) to have at least 100 wins and 100 saves

Was the winning pitcher the night Hank Aaron hit his record breaking 715th home run

Reed was an athletic superstar in high school in LaPorte, Indiana, earning a basketball scholarship to nearby Notre Dame, where he was good enough to be selected, in 2004, to the university’s All-Century Men’s Basketball Team. He played professional basketball for two years, averaging 9.4 points and 6.4 rebounds per game for the Detroit Pistons, then switched to baseball, where he had a productive 19-year career that included selection to an all-star team, a World Series championship, and the tying of the modern-day record for fewest home runs allowed in a season (250 innings or more).

According to Ron Reed’s enshrinement page on the Indiana Baseball Hall of Fame, this last accomplishment is the one that gives Reed the most pride. It is mentioned on the back of this card, in a marginal cartoon that features a smiling, generic baseball player reading about the mark in a newspaper.

Reed was born in LaPorte, Indiana, a town recently featured in a book of found photographs. The book LaPorte, Indiana presents a series of black and white portraits taken by long-time LaPorte studio photographer Frank Pease, displaying not only (as John Mellencamp blurbs on the book’s website) "real people . . . [whose] grace and dignity . . . should be a source of hope for us all" but also a kind of nostalgic, idealized American dreamland."

Josh Wilker, Cardboard Gods

Career stats

This is peculiar. Looking for a baseball card showing my alter ego as a Brave, I found it posted on a blog dedicated to the 1975 Topps series of cards. The date of the post: my birthday.Mine and Amada Peet's.