Wednesday, May 13, 2015
no. 410 - ken holtzman
Who is the man: Ken Holtzman was coming off his best season with the Cubs in 1970, but 1971 would be his last year with Chicago.
Can ya dig it: That's quite a look on Holtzman's face. He looks like he's in the middle of giving a speech.
Right on: That's not the Holtzman I know. Ken Holtzman has long hair, a mustache and wears green and gold.
You see that cat Holtzman is a bad mother: Ken Holtzman hit a home run in the 1974 World Series and is one of 13 pitchers to go yard in the Series. Until the Phillies' Joe Blanton hit a home run in the 2008 World Series, Holtzman was the last one to do it.
Shut your mouth: Holtzman spent much of the 1967 season in the military but still went 9-0 in 12 games. He received his first pass from the Army that year by giving two pints of blood and then proceeded to beat the Phillies in the first game of a doubleheader. Holtzman said he didn't donate the blood just to get the pass: "It goes to Vietnam, I know how much it's needed."
No one understands him but his woman: Holtzman is one of just two pitchers who have thrown a no-hitter without striking anyone out. It happened in 1969 against the Braves.
(A word about the back): Holtzman wouldn't strike out 200 in a season again in his career.