We remember another chapter in the great baseball career of Mike Cuellar. The “Crafty Cuban”, as he was known for his command of breaking pitches, turned into one of the premiere pitchers in the American League. He won 20-games in 4 different seasons, 1969, 1970, 1971 & 1974. He pitched a complete game in game 5 to win the 1970 World Series for Baltimore.
During his brilliant career, he won 185 games, a 3.14 ERA and completed 172 starts! Without question, one of the best Latino pitchers ever. Cuellar was part of another great baseball achievement. Jim Palmer and the Orioles made a little history on this day in 1971. He won his 20th and joined teammates Mike Cuellar, Dave McNally & Pat Dobson as 20-game winners.
A few days later, the O’s swept the A’s in the ALCS. Then they lost to the Pirates in the World Series.
A great moment in O’s history: Four 20-game winners in one staff that included Mike Cuellar.