The Year of the Pitcher - 1968
Goblinhairedgu on 06/19/2009
|The 1968 baseball season will always be remembered as the “Year of the Pitcher.” Not since the dead-ball era, before Babe Ruth began swinging for the fences, had hitters been so dominated by their pitching foes.|
The way was led by Denny McLain with his 31 victories (the first 30-game winner since Dizzy Dean 34 years earlier), and Bob Gibson with his amazing earned-run average and shutout total. Not coincidentally, their two teams, the Tigers and Cardinals, faced off in a memorable World Series. The Tigers, whose season featured one great comeback after another, fought back from a 3-1 deficit in wins to eventually claim the title.
Soon, rule changes, expansion, new ballparks and revised strategies would bring offense (and fans) back to the game. Here are a few questions for baseball buffs about that unique season. Sources include “The Baseball Encyclopedia”, Bill James’s “Historical Baseball Abstract” and Wikipedia.
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