Monday, September 26, 2016

1971: Jim Palmer makes it four 20-game winners for Baltimore

Jim Palmer and the Orioles made a little history on this day in 1971:   
Palmer dismantled the Cleveland offense with his typical pinpoint precision and control, giving up only three hits on the way to a 5-0 Oriole victory, for his 20th win of the season.
Palmer ended 1971 with 20-10 record and a 2.71 earned run average, while McNally went 21-5 with a 2.89, Cuellar went 20-9 with a 3.08 and Dobson finished 20-8 with a 2.90. 
After beating the A’s in the playoffs, the Orioles lost a heartbreaking seven-game World Series to the Pittsburgh Pirates, led by superstar Roberto Clemente.
It was indeed a tough series against Pittsburgh.    At one point in game 7, the O's had McNally and Dobson warming up in the bullpen.   It must have been the only time that two 20-game winners had ever done that!



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