Jerry Reuss

Jerry Reuss (born June 19, 1949)—pronounced "royce"—is a former left-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball, best known for his years with the Los Angeles Dodgers, who had a 22-year career from 1969 to 1990.

Reuss played for eight teams in his major league career; along with the Dodgers (1979–87), he played for the St. Louis Cardinals (1969–71), Houston Astros (1972–73), and Pittsburgh Pirates (1974–78). At the end of his career (1987–90), he played for the Cincinnati Reds, California Angels, Chicago White Sox, Milwaukee Brewers, and the Pirates again (Reuss is one of only two Pirates to have played for Danny Murtaugh, Chuck Tanner, and Jim Leyland, the other being John Candelaria). In 1988 he became the second pitcher in history, joining Milt Pappas, to win 200 career games without ever winning 20 in a single season.[1] Reuss is one of only 29 players in major league history to play in four different decades.[2]

Jerry Reuss
Jerry Reuss 08-06-09
Reuss in August 2009
Born: June 19, 1949 (age 70)
St. Louis, Missouri
Batted: Left Threw: Left
MLB debut
September 27, 1969, for the St. Louis Cardinals
Last MLB appearance
October 3, 1990, for the Pittsburgh Pirates
MLB statistics
Win–loss record220–191
Earned run average3.64
Career highlights and awards


Reuss was drafted in the second round of the 1967 Major League Baseball draft by the Cardinals after graduating from Ritenour High School in Overland, Missouri. He won his first major league game in 1969, and became part of the starting rotation in 1970.[3]

In the spring of 1972, Reuss wanted a raise from $17,000 to $25,000 Cardinals owner Gussie Busch was unwilling to give more than $20,000, and when Reuss refused to bend, Busch traded him to the Astros for pitcher Scipio Spinks. The trade looked like a fairly even swap at the time. While Spinks had shuttled between Houston and their top minor league affiliate, the Oklahoma City 89ers, over the last three years, he had been almost unhittable during his minor league stints. However, Spinks never recovered from a freak knee injury suffered that July, and was out of baseball by 1976.

Reuss played two seasons before being traded to the Pirates after the 1973 season for Milt May after a season in which he led the National League in walks with 117.[4]

Reuss was a two time All-Star – first in 1975 with the Pirates, having 18 wins and 11 losses that season and an earned run average of 2.54, and then again in 1980 with the Dodgers, striking out all three batters he faced in that year's game, and earning the win.[4][5]

In 1980 Reuss had one of the best seasons of his career with eighteen wins and only six losses, and leading the majors in shutouts with six; he also threw a no-hitter against the San Francisco Giants on June 27, striking out only 2 batters, narrowly missing a perfect game due to a throwing error in the first inning by shortstop Bill Russell; Reuss's no-hitter is just one of ten in baseball history in which a pitcher did not walk or hit a batter, but whose perfect game bid was foiled by a fielding error.[6] Reuss finished second behind Steve Carlton in the running for the Cy Young Award, and won Sporting News Comeback Player of the Year Award.[7][8]

In 1981 Reuss went 10-4 with a career-low 2.30 ERA in a strike-shortened season, and won two postseason games including one against the New York Yankees in the 1981 World Series, helping the Dodgers win the title.[4] On June 11, 1982, Jerry Reuss recorded 27 consecutive outs in a game, with only the opponent's leadoff batter reaching base (double by Reds' Eddie Milner, who reached third on a sacrifice bunt and scored on a fielder's choice).[9]

Reuss had two more winning seasons with the Dodgers before injuries took their toll from 1984 to 1986, and was released at the beginning of the 1987 season. He then played for the Reds, going 0-5 before getting released again, and then for the Angels before becoming a free agent. Reuss then signed with the Chicago White Sox, having a 13-9 season and earning his 200th career win in 1988, and played a few more seasons before retiring in 1990.[4]


Jerry Reuss 2008
Reuss in September 2008

Reuss became a baseball broadcaster, working nationally for ESPN from 1991 to 1993, and was also a color commentator for the California/Anaheim Angels from 1996-98. He served as a pitching coach with the minor league Iowa Cubs before returning to broadcasting with the Dodgers in 2006, serving as a color commentator alongside Rick Monday.

In 2014, Reuss's autobiography, Bring In the Right Hander!, was published by University of Nebraska Press.[10]

See also


  1. ^ "Reuss Gets His 200th Victory". Los Angeles Times. 10 May 1988. Retrieved 17 March 2014.
  2. ^ "Tenure and Age Records by Baseball Almanac". Baseball-Almanac. Retrieved 17 March 2014.
  3. ^ "1970 St. Louis Cardinals Batting, Pitching, & Fielding Statistics". Retrieved 17 March 2014.
  4. ^ a b c d "Jerry Reuss Statistics and History". Retrieved 17 March 2014.
  5. ^ "July 8, 1980 All-Star Game Play-By-Play and Box Score". Retrieved 17 March 2014.
  6. ^ "June 27, 1980 Los Angeles Dodgers at San Francisco Giants Play by Play and Box Score". Retrieved 17 March 2014.
  7. ^ "1980 Awards Voting". Retrieved 17 March 2014.
  8. ^ "Comeback Player of the Year Award by The Sporting News". Baseball-Almanac. Retrieved 17 March 2014.
  9. ^ "June 11, 1982 Cincinnati Reds at Los Angeles Dodgers Play by Play and Box Score". Retrieved 17 March 2014.
  10. ^ "Bring In the Right Hander! – University of Nebraska Press". Retrieved 17 March 2014.

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Preceded by
Ken Forsch
No-hitter pitcher
June 27, 1980
Succeeded by
Charlie Lea
Preceded by
Fernando Valenzuela
Los Angeles Dodgers Opening Day
Starting pitcher

Succeeded by
Fernando Valenzuela
1967 Major League Baseball draft

The Major League Baseball draft (or "first-year player draft") recruits amateur baseball players into the American Major League Baseball league. The players selected in 1967 included many talented prospects who later had careers in the professional league. Some selections included Bobby Grich and Don Baylor (Baltimore), Vida Blue (Kansas City Athletics), Dusty Baker and Ralph Garr (Atlanta), Ken Singleton and Jon Matlack (Mets), and Ted Simmons and Jerry Reuss (St. Louis). In the January draft, Boston selected catcher Carlton Fisk and the New York Mets drafted Ken Singleton. The Cincinnati Reds selected Chris Chambliss in the 31st round only to have him enroll in junior college. The Mets chose Dan Pastorini in the 32nd round, but Pastorini chose football and played several seasons in the NFL. Atlanta also chose Archie Manning in the 43rd round.

1973 Philadelphia Phillies season

The 1973 Philadelphia Phillies season was the 91st season in the history of the franchise. The team, managed by Danny Ozark, played their third season at Veterans Stadium and finished last in the National League East, 11​1⁄2 games behind the Mets.

1974 National League Championship Series

The 1974 National League Championship Series was a best-of-five series that matched the East Division champion Pittsburgh Pirates against the West Division champion Los Angeles Dodgers. The Dodgers won the Series three games to one and lost the 1974 World Series to the Oakland Athletics.

1974 Philadelphia Phillies season

The 1974 Philadelphia Phillies season was the 92nd season in franchise history. The Phillies finished in third place in the National League East with a record of 80 wins and 82 losses. They would not finish below .500 again until going 75–87 in 1985.

1974 Pittsburgh Pirates season

The 1974 Pittsburgh Pirates season was the 93rd season of the Pittsburgh Pirates franchise; the 88th in the National League. The Pirates finished first in the National League East with a record of 88–74. The Pirates were defeated three games to one by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 1974 National League Championship Series.

1975 National League Championship Series

The 1975 National League Championship Series was a best-of-five match-up between the East Division champion Pittsburgh Pirates and the West Division champion Cincinnati Reds. The Reds swept the Pirates in three games and went on to win the World Series against the Boston Red Sox.

1980 Los Angeles Dodgers season

The 1980 Los Angeles Dodgers finished the season in second place in the Western Division of the National League, one game behind the Houston Astros. Don Sutton set a Dodger record with his 52nd career shutout this season and the Dodgers also hosted the All-Star game for the first time.

1980 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

The 1980 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 51st midseason exhibition between the all-stars of the American League (AL) and the National League (NL), the two leagues comprising Major League Baseball. The game was played on July 8, 1980, at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California, home of the Los Angeles Dodgers of the National League. The game resulted in a 4-2 victory for the NL.

While this would mark the second time that the Dodgers had hosted the All-Star Game in Los Angeles, it was the first time that the game was being held at Dodger Stadium. Their first time as host in 1959 saw the game played at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum; the Dodgers' Los Angeles home field until the construction of Dodger Stadium.

This All-Star Game would be known for some exemplary pitching performances, most notably AL starter Steve Stone's (three perfect innings, three strikeouts). Jerry Reuss struck out the side for the NL in the sixth, as well.

It would also be one of the final games for NL starter J. R. Richard. Richard was diagnosed with a career-ending stroke weeks later.

The pregame ceremonies of the All-Star Game featured Disney characters. Later, Edwards Air Force Base of Rosamond, California, provided both the colors presentation and, after the Los Angeles All-City Band performed the Canadian and U.S. National Anthems, the flyover ceremonies. This All-Star Game marked the first nationally televised US performance of O Canada after it had officially been designated the Canadian National Anthem eight days earlier on July 1, 1980. It also marked the debut of the modern-day large-scale video screen, with the first such video scoreboard, Diamond Vision by Mitsubishi Electric, being introduced at this game.

1981 Los Angeles Dodgers season

The 1981 Los Angeles Dodgers season got off to a strong start when rookie pitcher Fernando Valenzuela pitched a shutout on opening day, starting the craze that came to be known as "Fernandomania." Fernando went on to win both the Rookie of the Year and Cy Young Awards.

The season was divided into two halves because of a players strike in mid-season. The Dodgers won the Western Division of the National League in the first half and advanced to the playoffs. They beat the Houston Astros in a divisional playoff and the Montreal Expos in the National League Championship Series before beating the New York Yankees to win the World Series.

1981 World Series

The 1981 World Series was the championship series of the 1981 MLB season. It matched the New York Yankees against the Los Angeles Dodgers, marking their third meeting in the Series in five years as well as a record eleventh Series meeting overall and last Series meeting to date. The Dodgers won the Series in six games in a mirror image of the two teams' last Series meeting in 1978, for their first title since 1965 and their first victory over the Yankees since 1963 and third World Series win over the Yankees, overall.

This is the last World Series that a team won after losing the first two games on the road. This also was the last meeting between teams from New York City and Los Angeles for a major professional sports championship until the Los Angeles Kings and New York Rangers reached the NHL's 2014 Stanley Cup Finals, and also the last meeting between the Dodgers and the Yankees in the World Series to date (the two teams have met 11 times in the World Series, making it the most frequent matchup in World Series history).

1983 Los Angeles Dodgers season

The 1983 Los Angeles Dodgers rebounded from being eliminated from the playoffs on the final day of the previous season to win their second National League Western Division title in three years, but lost in the National League Championship Series to the Philadelphia Phillies 3 games to 1.

1983 National League Championship Series

The 1983 National League Championship Series was a best-of-five matchup between the West Division champion Los Angeles Dodgers and the East Division champion Philadelphia Phillies. The Phillies beat the Dodgers, three games to one, and would go on lose the World Series to the Baltimore Orioles.

1989 Chicago White Sox season

The 1989 Chicago White Sox season was the White Sox's 90th season. They finished with a record 69-92, good enough for 7th place in the American League West, 29.5 games behind of the 1st place Oakland Athletics.

List of ESPN Major League Baseball broadcasters

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List of Houston Astros team records

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Mike Sember

Michael David Sember (born February 24, 1953) is an American former professional baseball player. Primarily a shortstop in minor league baseball, he appeared in 12 games in the Major Leagues in 1977–1978, most often as a late-inning defensive replacement as a third baseman, for the Chicago Cubs. He threw and batted right-handed, stood 6 feet (1.8 m) tall and weighed 185 pounds (84 kg).

Sember attended the University of Tulsa and was selected by the Cubs in the second round (31st overall) of the 1974 Major League Baseball draft. He struggled as a batsman, never exceeding a .251 batting average during his minor league career. Recalled from the Triple-A Wichita Aeros in August 1977, Sember debuted as a pinch hitter on August 18 and was called out on strikes facing Jerry Reuss of the Pittsburgh Pirates. Four days later, on August 22, Sember registered his first MLB hit, a single to center field off Charlie Williams of the San Francisco Giants.During his second trial with the Cubs, in September 1978, he collected his second hit against veteran left-handed relief pitcher Darold Knowles of the Montreal Expos in his first return appearance on September 4. All told, Sember had seven at bats, with two hits, one base on balls and two runs scored in the Majors. He made one error in nine total chances in the field. Sember retired in 1979 after six professional seasons.

Reuss (surname)

Reuss is a surname. Notable people with the surname include:

Adolph Reuss (1804–1878), a German herpetologist

Albert Franz Theodor Reuss (1879–1958), a German herpetologist and entomologist

Allan Reuss (1915–1988), a musician

August Emanuel von Reuss (1811–1873), a Bohemian-Austrian geologist and paleontologist

August Leopold von Reuss (1841–1924), Bohemian-Austrian ophthalmologist

Edouard Guillaume Eugène Reuss (1804–1891), a theologian

Henry S. Reuss (1912–2002), an American Congressman

Isabel Reuss (born 1962), a Mexican freestyle swimmer

Jerry Reuss (born 1949), an American baseball player

Theodor Reuss (1855–1923), an occultist

Roe Skidmore

Robert Roe Skidmore (born October 30, 1945) is an American former professional baseball player and one of the few players in Major League Baseball history with a perfect career batting average of 1.000.

An outfielder and first baseman, he had a ten-year, 1,289-game career (1966–1975) in minor league baseball, but made only one Major League appearance as a pinch hitter for the 1970 Chicago Cubs. He threw and batted right-handed, stood 6 feet 3 inches (1.91 m) tall and weighed 188 pounds (85 kg).

Skidmore had split the 1970 season between the Cubs' two top farm clubs, the San Antonio Missions and the Tacoma Cubs, before his late-season trial in the Majors. On September 17, 1970, during a 9–2 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals at Wrigley Field, he pinch hit for Joe Decker in the seventh inning and singled off Cardinal left-hander Jerry Reuss. He was then retired on a force out. It was Skidmore's only Major League at bat.

Roe attended Eisenhower High School in Decatur, Illinois.

Scott Jordan (baseball)

Scott Allan Jordan (last name pronounced Jur-dan, born May 22, 1963) was a Major League Baseball player. In college, he was a standout player for the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, and still holds the team record for consecutive games on base streak, at 79.He debuted as a late season call up for the Cleveland Indians in September 1988. He had one hit (against Jerry Reuss) and one RBI in his MLB career. After retiring from playing, he became a fixture on the Atlanta baseball card show circuit as a dealer. He had one baseball card, the 1989 Donruss set #609, and he was listed in Beckett Baseball Card Monthly magazine for months, even after he retired.

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