Chuck Estrada

Charles Leonard Estrada (born February 15, 1938 in San Luis Obispo, California) is an American former professional baseball player. He played in Major League Baseball as a pitcher from 1960 to 1967, playing for the Baltimore Orioles, Chicago Cubs, and New York Mets. After his retirement from the major leagues, Estrada served as pitching coach in the majors.

Chuck Estrada
Chuck Estrada (coach) - San Diego Padres - 1978
Estrada in 1978
Born: February 15, 1938 (age 81)
San Luis Obispo, California
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 21, 1960, for the Baltimore Orioles
Last MLB appearance
June 11, 1967, for the New York Mets
MLB statistics
Win–loss record50–44
Earned run average4.07
Career highlights and awards

Early years

After completing high school, Estrada was signed by the Milwaukee Braves as an amateur free agent on September 27, 1956. Prior to the start of the 1958 season, Estrada was sent from the Braves to the Baltimore Orioles in an unknown transaction.[1]

With the Orioles

Chuck made his major league debut with the Orioles two seasons later, on April 21, 1960, in front of a crowd of 9,377 at Memorial Stadium.[2] Estrada came in relief for starting pitcher Steve Barber in the 5th inning, and pitched two innings of one-hit ball with five strikeouts.[2] Estrada spent the beginning of the 1960 season coming in relief, but he later joined the young Orioles starting pitching rotation, which also featured Steve Barber, Milt Pappas, Jerry Walker and Jack Fisher.

Chuck Estrada 1963
Estrada in 1963

Estrada's rookie season was perhaps the best season of his career. He pitched in a total of thirty-six games, and started twenty-five of them. He tied with Jim Perry for the American League lead with 18 wins that season. Only four other pitchers since 1900 had led their respective league without winning more than twenty games in the season.[3] Estrada also was on top of the American League in hits allowed per nine innings, and finished with a twelve complete games, 144 strikeouts and a 3.58 earned run average.[1] The All-Star Estrada finished second in the 1960 Rookie of the Year voting, falling distantly behind Orioles teammate Ron Hansen.[4] He placed 12th in the American League Most Valuable Player Award voting,[4] but he did win the year's TSN Pitcher of the Year Award.[5] Estrada also was on the Topps All-Star Rookie Roster under the category of right-handed pitcher.

Estrada had another successful season in 1961, pitching in thirty three games for the Orioles. He had a 15-9 record, a 3.69 earned run average and 160 strikeouts in 212 innings of work. He again led the league in hits allowed per nine innings. However, Estrada again showed signs of wild pitching, as he issued a league-high 132 walks, thirty-one higher than that of his rookie season. He again placed second in the league by hitting ten batters in the season, finishing only one lower than the leader, Jim Kaat, of the Minnesota Twins.

The next season was disastrous for Estrada, as he led the league with seventeen losses. He only collected nine wins on the season, and his ERA ballooned to 3.83. He had 121 walks in 223.3 innings, finishing a close second behind Los Angeles Angels rookie southpaw Bo Belinsky.

Estrada's woes did not end, though. The following season, Estrada pitched in only eight games during the season. On June 8, 1963, Estrada suffered an elbow injury with bone chips and a spur in his right elbow, and was done for the season.[6] The following season, Estrada came in as a relief/starting pitcher for the Orioles. It seemed the elbow injury had affected Estrada's pitching. He pitched only 54.7 innings that season, but he posted a 3-2 record with a 5.27 ERA.

Across the league

Estrada did not pitch the following season, and he was sent to the California Angels by the Orioles as part of a conditional deal two months prior to the start of the 1966 season.[1] Just weeks into the 1966 season, he was returned by the Angels to the Orioles.[1] A day later, he was sent packing again, this time to the Chicago Cubs.[7] The Cubs gave Estrada a shot as a starting pitcher on June 14, 1966, but he pitched less than an inning, giving up three hits and four earned runs and also hitting a batter.[8] The Cubs then sent him to the bullpen and used him in relief for the remainder of the 1966 season. His stats only worsened, as he pitched a career-worst 7.30 ERA in only 12.3 innings of work. The 28-year-old Estrada was released by the Cubs on November 30, 1966.[7] That same day, he was picked up by the New York Mets as a free agent.[7] The first game Estrada pitched as a Met was on April 13, 1967. Estrada came in the sixth inning to relieve Tom Seaver on his major league debut, and Estrada pitched two innings of hitless ball. He picked up the win in the first start of Tom Seaver's Hall-of-Fame career.[9] However, the rest of the season did not fare as nicely. In 22 innings of work, Estrada gave up 28 hits, walked 17 batters, and had a 9.41 ERA. So ended Estrada's major league baseball career as a player.

After retiring from the majors, Estrada found employment in the majors again, but this time as a pitching coach.[6] He served as pitching coach for the Texas Rangers (1973),[10][11] San Diego Padres (19781981),[7] and Cleveland Indians (1983).[12]

See also


  1. ^ a b c d "Chuck Estrada Baseball Statistics and Status Information". Baseball-Reference. Retrieved 2006-12-20.
  2. ^ a b "April 21, 1960 Washington Senators vs. Baltimore Orioles game". Baseball-Reference. Retrieved 2006-12-20.
  3. ^ Stephen Cannella (July 24, 2005). "All-Time Worst Best List". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 2006-12-20.
  4. ^ a b Jeffrey Burk. "Awards voting in 1960". Baseball-Reference. Retrieved 2006-12-21.
  5. ^ "The Sporting News Pitchers of the Year Award". Baseball-Reference. Retrieved 2006-12-21.
  6. ^ a b Christopher Renino. "Chuck Estrada biography". Archived from the original on 2006-12-06. Retrieved 2006-12-21.
  7. ^ a b c d "Chuck Estrada biography". Retrosheet. Retrieved 2006-12-21.
  8. ^ "June 14, 1966 San Francisco Giants vs. Chicago Cubs Game". Retrosheet. Retrieved 2006-12-21.
  9. ^ "April 13, 1967 Pittsburgh Pirates vs. New York Mets Game". Baseball-Reference. Retrieved 2006-12-21.
  10. ^ "Texas Rangers All-Time Coaches". Retrieved 2006-12-20.
  11. ^ "Chuck Estrada Player Page". Baseball Almanac. Retrieved 2006-12-20.
  12. ^ "Cleveland Indians All-Time Coaches". Retrieved 2006-12-20.

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Preceded by
Sid Hudson
Texas Rangers pitching coach
Succeeded by
Art Fowler
Preceded by
Roger Craig
San Diego Padres pitching coach
Succeeded by
Norm Sherry
Preceded by
Mel Queen
Cleveland Indians pitching coach
Succeeded by
Don McMahon
1960 Baltimore Orioles season

The 1960 Baltimore Orioles season involved the Orioles finishing second in the American League with a record of 89 wins and 65 losses, eight games behind the AL Champion New York Yankees.

1960 Major League Baseball All-Star Game (first game)

The 1960 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 28th playing of the midsummer classic between the all-stars of the American League (AL) and National League (NL), the two leagues comprising Major League Baseball. The game was held on July 11, 1960, at Municipal Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri the home of the Kansas City Athletics of the American League. The game resulted in the National League defeating the American League 5–3.

A second all-star game was played two days later on July 13 at Yankee Stadium in New York City.

1960 Major League Baseball All-Star Game (second game)

The second 1960 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 29th playing of Major League Baseball's annual midsummer exhibition game. The game took place at Yankee Stadium in New York City, home of the American League's New York Yankees. The National League won the game by a score of 6–0. The National League hit four home runs, tying an All-Star Game record.

1960 Major League Baseball season

The 1960 Major League Baseball season was played from April 12 to October 13, 1960. It was the final season contested by 16 clubs and the final season that a 154-game schedule was played in both the American League and the National League. The AL began using the 162-game schedule the following season, with the NL following suit in 1962.

The season ended with the Pittsburgh Pirates, led by second baseman Bill Mazeroski, defeating the New York Yankees, led by outfield sluggers Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris in the World Series. The series ending, with Mazeroski hitting a walk-off home run in Game 7, is among the most memorable in baseball history.

1961 Baltimore Orioles season

The 1961 Baltimore Orioles season involved the Orioles finishing 3rd in the American League with a record of 95 wins and 67 losses, 14 games behind the AL and World Series champion New York Yankees. The team was managed by Paul Richards and Lum Harris, and played their home games at Baltimore's Memorial Stadium.

1962 Baltimore Orioles season

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1963 Baltimore Orioles season

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1964 Baltimore Orioles season

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1966 Chicago Cubs season

The 1966 Chicago Cubs season was the 95th season of the Chicago Cubs franchise, the 91st in the National League and the 51st at Wrigley Field. The Cubs finished tenth and last in the National League with a record of 59–103, 36 games behind the NL Champion Los Angeles Dodgers. The Cubs would not lose 100 or more games in a season for another 46 seasons. One of the defining trades in Cubs history occurred on April 21, when the Cubs acquired future Cy Young Award winner Ferguson Jenkins in a trade with the Philadelphia Phillies.

1967 New York Mets season

The 1967 New York Mets season was the sixth regular season for the Mets. They went 61–101 and finished 10th in the National League, 40½ games behind the NL pennant and World Series Champion St. Louis Cardinals. They were managed by Wes Westrum and Salty Parker. They played home games at Shea Stadium.

1979 San Diego Padres season

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1980 San Diego Padres season

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Jerry Walker

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John Papa

John Paul Papa (born December 5, 1940) is an American former professional baseball player. Papa, a right-handed pitcher, appeared in three Major League games, all in relief, for the Baltimore Orioles in 1961–1962, and spent the remainder of his career in minor league baseball. He attended the University of Bridgeport and the University of New Haven, stood 5 feet 11 inches (1.80 m) tall and weighed 190 pounds (86 kg).

Papa signed with the Orioles in 1958 for a $65,000 bonus. That season, Major League Baseball rescinded the infamous "bonus rule" that would have mandated that the Orioles keep Papa on their 25-man roster for two full seasons; the rule was blamed for wrecking the careers of numerous "bonus babies" whose talents rusted on the bench, rather than being developed in the minors. Sent to the Baltimore farm system, Papa hurt his arm in his third pro season, trying to throw the slider in Class B. But he made the Baltimore opening-season 28-man roster in 1961 at the age of 20.In his big-league debut, on April 11, 1961 — Opening Day for the Orioles, and the first American League game in the history of the Los Angeles Angels franchise — Papa was called into the game in the top of the second inning to relieve an ineffective Milt Pappas. He surrendered a three-run home run to the first batter he faced, Ted Kluszewski — Kluszewski's second homer in two innings. But he struck out the next batter, Bob Cerv, to end the inning. Five days later, he again was called upon to take over for an ineffective starting pitcher: in this case, Chuck Estrada, who failed to record an out in the first inning against the Minnesota Twins. Papa struck out two hitters, Earl Battey and Billy Gardner, but gave up three bases on balls, a single and one earned run before he was relieved by Dick Hall. He then was sent back to the minors, but compiled a frustrating 0–11 season split between Double-A and Triple-A Oriole affiliates. In 1962, Papa appeared in one game, in the Major Leagues, on September 16. In one inning, he gave up three hits, three earned runs and one walk against the Kansas City Athletics. In his three MLB appearances, he gave up five hits and five earned runs in two full innings pitched, walking four and striking out three.

His minor career continued through 1965. After getting a degree in business administration, Papa became a businessman and elected municipal official in Shelton, Connecticut.

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