Bill Gullickson

William Lee Gullickson (born February 20, 1959 in Marshall, Minnesota) is a former major league baseball pitcher who played for six different major-league teams, in Canada, the U.S. and Japan, during an 18-year professional career, of which 14 seasons were spent in MLB.

Bill Gullickson
Born: February 20, 1959 (age 60)
Marshall, Minnesota
Batted: Right Threw: Right
Professional debut
MLB: September 26, 1979, for the Montreal Expos
NPB: April 9, 1988, for the Yomiuri Giants
Last appearance
MLB: August 7, 1994, for the Detroit Tigers
NPB: August 13, 1989, for the Yomiuri Giants
MLB statistics
Win–loss record162–136
Earned run average3.93
Career highlights and awards

MLB career (1979–1987)

Minor Leagues

Gullickson was selected as the second player to be drafted in the first round of the June 1977 Major League Baseball draft by the Montreal Expos, out of Joliet Catholic Academy in Joliet, Illinois.

Montreal Expos

He finished second behind Steve Howe in the National League Rookie of the Year voting in 1980, after a season in which he went 10–5 with an earned run average (ERA) of 3.00, and set a major-league record for most strikeouts in a game by a rookie, with 18. Gullickson held that record for 18 years, until Kerry Wood broke it with 20 strikeouts in 1998. Gullickson held the Montreal Expos-Washington Nationals all-time strikeout record for a single game with 18 strikeouts until Max Scherzer broke the record in 2016.

In 1981, he helped the Expos to their only division title with a 7–9, 2.81 record. The Expos lost the National League Championship Series to the Los Angeles Dodgers in five games. Except for the 1981 strike season, Gullickson was in double figures in wins for every year onward.

Cincinnati Reds

On December 12, 1985, Gullickson was acquired by the Reds, along with catcher Sal Butera; the Reds sent pitchers Andy McGaffigan and John Stuper and catcher Dann Bilardello to the Expos. Gullickson was 15-12 for the Reds with an ERA of 3.38 [1] Gullickson was 10-11 when he was traded mid-season to the New York Yankees in 1987 .

New York Yankees

On August 26, 1987 Gullickson was acquired by the New York Yankees who sent Dennis Rasmussen to the Reds. [1] for their 1987 pennant drive. He recorded 4 wins and 2 losses with the Yankees but he was unhappy there, and in 1988 accepted a two-million-dollar offer to pitch in Japan for the Yomiuri Giants after being granted free agency on November 9, 1987

NPB career (1988–1989)

Gullickson stayed with the Giants for two seasons, with a record of 21–14. Kazushige Nagashima, the son of Japanese baseball legend Shigeo Nagashima, got the first hit in his professional career, a home run, off Gullickson. When asked about his time in Japan, Gullickson said it was strange; the only English words that he saw were "Sony and Mitsubishi."

Overcomes diabetes to excel

Although only in Japan for a short time, Gullickson left behind a positive legacy. When he was in Japan, it was considered a miracle that Gullickson, a patient with type 1 diabetes mellitus, played a professional sport. Since 1998, the Japan Diabetes Mellitus Society (JADMC) has awarded the "Gullickson Award" for the patient who is deemed a superior influence on society.

While in Japan, Gullickson also developed a close friendship with a young Japanese pitcher, Masumi Kuwata, and even named his son "Craig Kuwata Gullickson" in his honor. Kuwata learned many things from Gullickson and grew to be one of the best players in Japan. Meanwhile, Kuwata had always wished to play in MLB, and at last, this dream was realized in 2007, as he became a member of the Pittsburgh Pirates. Nearly 20 years after meeting Gullickson, Kuwata became an MLB rookie, at the age of 39.

At the age of 12, Sam Fuld, an aspiring baseball player who also had diabetes, met Gullickson, and talked to him for two minutes. "That was enough to inspire me", Fuld said.[2] "Any time I can talk to young diabetic kids, I look forward to that opportunity", said Gullickson.[3] Fuld went on to play eight seasons in the Major Leagues.

Back to MLB (1990–1994)

Gullickson signed as a free agent with the Houston Astros after the 1989 season, and had a mediocre 1990 season before being released. He then signed a multimillion-dollar contract with the Detroit Tigers, with whom he pitched for four seasons. While with the Tigers he met a young boy, who was then 12, who also had diabetes, and talked to him for two minutes. It was future major leaguer Sam Fuld, who battled to make the Cubs' 2008 team. "That was enough to inspire me", Fuld said. "Any time I can talk to young diabetic kids, I look forward to that opportunity."[4]

In 1991 Gullickson led the American League in wins, with 20, his career high, but in 1994 was forced to retire due to injuries, at age 35.


Gullickson is married to Sandy Gullickson. Their six children are all involved in sports or other physically intensive endeavors:

See also


  1. ^ a b
  2. ^ Carrie Muskat (March 17, 2010). "Fuld running down big league dream; Diabetes can't stop Cubs outfielder from competing for job". Archived from the original on 19 March 2010. Retrieved March 31, 2010.
  3. ^ [1] Chicago Sun-Times. Archived February 8, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-02-08. Retrieved 2008-02-12.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "Cassie Gullickson". The Official Athletic Site. The University of Notre Dame. Retrieved 2008-08-21.
  6. ^ Carly Gullickson at the International Tennis Federation
  7. ^ "Chelsey Gullickson: Junior Spotlight of the Week". United States Tennis Association. 2005-02-24. Retrieved 2008-08-21.
  8. ^
  9. ^ "Craig Gullickson". Profile. Clemson Athletics. Archived from the original on 2008-05-17. Retrieved 2008-08-21.
  10. ^ a b One-air comments by announcers on ESPN2 during live coverage of the US Open first-round match between Chelsey Gullickson and Caroline Wozniacki

External links

1980 Major League Baseball season

The 1980 Major League Baseball season saw the Philadelphia Phillies win their first World Series Championship.

1980 in baseball

The following are the baseball events of the year 1980 throughout the world.

1981 National League Championship Series

The 1981 National League Championship Series was a best-of-five series between the first-half West Division champion Los Angeles Dodgers and the second-half East Division champion Montreal Expos. The Dodgers won the NLCS three games to two over the Expos, thanks to a ninth-inning home run in Game 5 by Rick Monday in what has ever since been referred to as Blue Monday by Expos fans.

1983 Philadelphia Phillies season

The 1983 Philadelphia Phillies season included the Phillies winning the National League East Division title with a record of 90–72, by a margin of six games over the Pittsburgh Pirates. They defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers, three games to one in the National League Championship Series, before losing the World Series to the Baltimore Orioles, four games to one. The Phillies celebrated their centennial in 1983, were managed by Pat Corrales (43–42) and Paul Owens (47–30), and played their home games at Veterans Stadium.

1986 Cincinnati Reds season

The Cincinnati Reds' 1986 season was a season in American baseball. It consisted of the Cincinnati Reds attempting to win the National League West, although falling short in second place behind the Houston Astros.

1987 Cincinnati Reds season

The Cincinnati Reds' 1987 season consisted of the Cincinnati Reds attempting to win the National League West. The Reds finished in 2nd place with a record of 84-78.

1987 New York Yankees season

The New York Yankees' 1987 season was the 85th season for the Yankees. The team finished in fourth place with a record of 89-73, finishing 9 games behind the Detroit Tigers. New York was managed by Lou Piniella. The Yankees played at Yankee Stadium.

1990 Houston Astros season

The Houston Astros' 1990 season was a season in American baseball. It involved the Houston Astros attempting to win the National League West.

1991 Detroit Tigers season

The 1991 Detroit Tigers finished in second place in the American League East with a record of 83-79 (.519). They outscored their opponents 817 to 794. The Tigers drew 1,641,661 fans to Tiger Stadium in 1991, ranking 12th of the 14 teams in the American League.

1991 Houston Astros season

The Houston Astros' 1991 season was a season in American baseball. It involved the Houston Astros attempting to win the National League West.

The Astros finished 65-97, which tied the 1965 and 1975 clubs for the most losses in franchise history at the time.

1992 Detroit Tigers season

The Detroit Tigers' 1992 season was a season in American baseball. It involved the Detroit Tigers attempting to win the American League East.

1993 Detroit Tigers season

The Detroit Tigers' 1993 season was a season in American baseball. It involved the Detroit Tigers attempting to win the American League East. The club wasn't expected to do much after a sixth-place finish the previous season. The pitching staff was riddled with inconsistencies, but the Tigers were in first place as late as June 25, and early in the year, looked like they might establish a record for run scoring.

Carly Gullickson

Carly Gullickson (born November 26, 1986) is an American former professional tennis player.

Her career-high WTA singles ranking was No. 123, which she reached on July 20, 2009. Her career-high doubles ranking was No. 52, set on April 3, 2006 at age 19.

She is the daughter of former major league baseball player Bill Gullickson and the older sister of tennis player Chelsey Gullickson.

She won the 2009 U.S. Open mixed doubles event, partnering with Travis Parrott.

She married Australian tennis coach Cameron Eagle. They now reside is Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.

Gullickson retired from tennis in 2013.

Chelsey Gullickson

Chelsey Gullickson (born August 29, 1990 in Houston) is a former American tennis player.

Her highest WTA singles ranking is 399, which she reached on June 9, 2008. Her career high in doubles is 665, which she reached on July 7, 2008. She is the sister of professional tennis player Carly Gullickson and daughter of former major league baseball pitcher Bill Gullickson.

She won the 2010 NCAA Women's Tennis Championship in singles for the University of Georgia. Although not having a WTA rank at the time, she received two wild cards for the 2010 US Open where she drew the top seed Caroline Wozniacki in the first singles round – she lost to Wozniacki 1–6, 1–6. In doubles she played with her sister Carly – they won their first round match against the Italian couple Sara Errani / Roberta Vinci (6–2, 6–3), then faced fourth seed Květa Peschke / Katarina Srebotnik who got the better of the Gullickson sisters.


Gullickson is a surname.

Notable people with this surname include:

Bill Gullickson (born 1959), American baseball player

Carly Gullickson (born 1986), American tennis player

Chelsey Gullickson (born 1990), American tennis player

Lloyd Gullickson (1899-1982), American golfer

Thomas Gullickson (born 1950), American prelate

List of Major League Baseball single-game strikeout leaders

In baseball, a strikeout occurs when a pitcher throws three strikes to a batter during his time at bat. Twenty different pitchers have struck out at least 18 batters in a single nine-inning Major League Baseball (MLB) game as of 2016, the most recent being Max Scherzer of the Washington Nationals on May 11, 2016. Four players have accomplished the feat more than once in their career; no player has ever struck out more than 20 batters in a nine-inning game. Charlie Sweeney was the first player to strike out 18 batters in a single game, doing so for the Providence Grays against the Boston Beaneaters on June 7, 1884. In spite of this, Bob Feller is viewed as the first pitcher to accomplish the feat, since his then-record 18 strikeouts was the first to occur during the 20th century and the live-ball era.Out of the twenty pitchers who have accomplished the feat, fifteen were right-handed and five pitched left-handed. Five of these players have played for only one major league team. Five pitchers—Steve Carlton, Roger Clemens, Randy Johnson, Nolan Ryan and Tom Seaver—are also members of the 3,000 strikeout club. Sweeney has the fewest career strikeouts in the group with 505, while Nolan Ryan, with 5,714, struck out more batters than any other pitcher in major league history. Bill Gullickson and Kerry Wood are the only rookies to have achieved the feat. Tom Seaver concluded his milestone game by striking out the final ten batters he faced, setting a new major league record for most consecutive strikeouts.Of the eleven players eligible for the Baseball Hall of Fame who have struck out 18 batters in a game, six have been elected; all six were elected on the first ballot. Players are eligible for the Hall of Fame if they have played in at least 10 major league seasons, and have either been retired for five seasons or deceased for at least six months. These requirements leave two players ineligible who are active, two players ineligible who are living and have played in the past five seasons, and five who did not play in 10 major league seasons.

Sal Butera

Salvatore Philip Butera (born September 25, 1952) is an American former professional baseball catcher. He was a major league scout for the Toronto Blue Jays of Major League Baseball during the 2015 season.

Signed by the Minnesota Twins as an amateur free agent in 1972, Butera made his major league debut in an extra innings game against the Oakland Athletics on April 10, 1980. He struck out in his only at bat.Butera remained with the Twins as Butch Wynegar's back-up until Spring training 1983 when he was dealt to the Detroit Tigers. Injuries limited Butera to only four games with the Tigers, and he was released at the end of the season.

Butera spent the 1984 season with the Montreal Expos triple A American Association affiliate, the Indianapolis Indians, and appeared in three games for the Expos following a September call-up. After the 1985 season, he was dealt to the Cincinnati Reds with Bill Gullickson for Dann Bilardello, Andy McGaffigan, John Stuper and Jay Tibbs. He was released by Cincinnati during the 1987 season, and was immediately re-signed by his original franchise, the Minnesota Twins. Butera was a member of the Twins team that defeated the St. Louis Cardinals in the 1987 World Series. He was released, re-signed, and released again by the Twins during the 1987–1988 offseason, then was signed by the Toronto Blue Jays, where he played in 23 more games.Butera was the video replay and catching coach for the Toronto Blue Jays during the 2014 season. He became a major league scout for the 2015 season.

Sal and his wife have a son, Drew, born August 9, 1983, who also played for the Minnesota Twins during his baseball career, and is currently a member of the Colorado Rockies.


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