Woodie Fryman

Woodrow Thompson Fryman (April 12, 1940 – February 4, 2011), was an American professional baseball pitcher, who played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for six teams, across 18 seasons (19661983). A two-time National League (NL) All-Star, he helped lead the Detroit Tigers to the 1972 American League Championship Series.

Woodie Fryman
Woody Fryman - Pittsburgh Pirates - 1966
Fryman in 1966
Born: April 12, 1940
Ewing, Kentucky
Died: February 4, 2011 (aged 70)
Ewing, Kentucky
Batted: Right Threw: Left
MLB debut
April 15, 1966, for the Pittsburgh Pirates
Last MLB appearance
July 28, 1983, for the Montreal Expos
MLB statistics
Win–loss record141–155
Earned run average3.77
Career highlights and awards

Pittsburgh Pirates

Fryman was 25 years old when he signed with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1965. He debuted out of the bullpen for the Pirates in 1966, however, made more appearances as a starter, and was used pretty evenly in both roles throughout his career. He went 12-9 with a 3.81 earned run average his rookie season, including three shutouts in a row against the Philadelphia Phillies,[1] New York Mets and Chicago Cubs,[2] respectively. His shutout against the Mets was nearly a perfect game, as Ron Hunt led off the Mets' half of the first inning with a single, and was immediately caught trying to steal second. Fryman retired the next 26 batters he faced without allowing another baserunner all game.[3]

His record dipped to 3-8 with a 4.05 ERA in 1967. Following the season, he was dealt to the Philadelphia Phillies with Bill Laxton, Don Money and Harold Clem for Jim Bunning.

Philadelphia Phillies

After a complete game victory against the San Francisco Giants on June 18,[4] Fryman's record stood at 10-5 with a 1.61 ERA, and he was named the Phillies' sole representative at the 1968 All-Star Game. He dropped his next five decisions, and ended the season with a 12-14 record and 2.78 ERA.

Fryman was used almost exclusively as a starter his first two seasons in Philadelphia, but began being used more and more in relief in 1970 and 1971. In 1972, Fryman was 4-10 with a 4.36 ERA for the 34-61 Phillies when the club placed him on waivers at the end of July.

Detroit Tigers

The Detroit Tigers were battling the Boston Red Sox for first place in the American League East when they claimed Fryman off waivers on August 2, 1972. Fryman turned his season around with the Tigers, and was 9-3 with a 2.21 ERA when the Red Sox came to Detroit for a three-game set to end the season a half game up on the Tigers.

Manager Billy Martin handed the ball to Mickey Lolich for the first game of the set. Lolich pitched a complete game victory[5] to put the Tigers up a half game on the Red Sox as Fryman took the mound for the second game of the set.

The Red Sox scored an unearned run in the first, and held onto a 1-0 lead until the Tigers clawed out a run off Luis Tiant in the sixth. They followed that up with two more runs in the seventh. Fryman, meanwhile, only allowed two hits after the first inning. After giving up a lead-off single in the eighth, he retired the next two batters he faced before turning the game over to Chuck Seelbach. Seelbach struck out two of the four batters he faced as Detroit beat the Red Sox 3-1 to clinch the division.[6]

Fryman's .769 win percentage was tops in the American League in 1972, and his ERA+ of 154 is one of the highest in Detroit franchise history.

1972 ALCS

The Tigers lost the first game of the ALCS with the Oakland Athletics 3-2 in eleven innings.[7] Fryman did not have his best stuff as he made the start in game two of the ALCS. He left them in the fifth inning behind 1-0 and the bases loaded. The bullpen allowed all three inherited runners to score as the A's cruised to a 5-0 victory, and a 2-0 lead in the ALCS.[8]

Detroit came back to win the following two games in Tiger Stadium to take the series to five games. Fryman took the mound for the deciding game, as did his opponent from game two, Blue Moon Odom. Fryman pitched well, allowing two runs and just four hits over eight innings. One run was scored on a steal of home by Reggie Jackson, and the other was an unearned run, the result of a Dick McAuliffe error in the fourth. However, Oakland pitching was even better, as Odom and Vida Blue combined to allow just one unearned run to send the A's to the 1972 World Series.[9]

Montreal Expos

Fryman spent two more seasons with the Tigers before being dealt to the Montreal Expos for Terry Humphrey and Tom Walker in December 1974.

Fryman's record stood at 8-6 with a 3.74 ERA when he earned his second All-Star nod in 1976. As with his first selection in 1968, he was his team's lone representative, and he did not appear in the game. He was the Expos Player of the Year in 1976.

Cincinnati Reds

Fryman was traded with Dale Murray to the Cincinnati Reds for Tony Pérez and Will McEnaney on December 16, 1976. He and Reds manager Sparky Anderson did not get along, and Fryman's record stood at 5-5 with a 5.38 ERA when he announced his retirement midway through the 1977 season.[10] Following the season, he was lured back out of retirement, and dealt with Bill Caudill to the Chicago Cubs for Bill Bonham.

Return to Montreal

Fryman made just thirteen appearances and was 2-4 with a 5.17 ERA for the Cubs when he was dealt to the Montreal Expos for a player to be named later (Jerry White) midway through the 1978 season. Turning 39 at the start of the 1979 season, Fryman was converted into a full-time relief pitcher by manager Dick Williams. He made the post-season for the second time in his career following the strike shortened 1981 season. In the 1981 National League Division Series against the Philadelphia Phillies, he pitched 1​13 inning, and gave up one earned run.[11] In the 1981 National League Championship Series, he gave up four earned runs to the Los Angeles Dodgers in one inning pitched.[12]

Fryman was 24-17 with 46 saves and a 2.73 ERA as a full-time reliever entering the 1983 season. He made one appearance in April before going on the disabled list. Fryman recalled: "It was early in the 1983 season and my arm just popped and I couldn't even raise it."[13] He returned to the club in July, but after going 0-3 with a 21.00 ERA, and blowing his only save opportunity, he retired.

Personal life

After his playing days, Fryman retired to his tobacco farm in Kentucky. Fryman was inducted into the Montreal Expos' Hall of Fame in 1995, and the Kentucky Sports Hall of Fame in 2005. On February 4, 2011, Fryman died in his hometown of Ewing, Kentucky.[14]

Career stats

141 155 .476 3.77 625 322 68 27 58 2411.1 2367 1010 1136 187 890 1587 68 68 .988

See also


  1. ^ "Pittsburgh Pirates 2, Philadelphia Phillies 0". Baseball-Reference.com. June 26, 1966.
  2. ^ "Pittsburgh Pirates 6, Chicago Cubs 0". Baseball-Reference.com. July 5, 1966.
  3. ^ "Pittsburgh Pirates 12, New York Mets 0". Baseball-Reference.com. July 1, 1966.
  4. ^ "Philadelphia Phillies 9, San Francisco Giants 1". Baseball-Reference.com. June 18, 1968.
  5. ^ "Detroit Tigers 4, Boston Red Sox 1". Baseball-Reference.com. October 2, 1972.
  6. ^ "Detroit Tigers 3, Boston Red Sox 1". Baseball-Reference.com. October 3, 1972.
  7. ^ "1972 American League Championship Series, Game One". Baseball-Reference.com. October 7, 1972.
  8. ^ "1972 American League Championship Series, Game Two". Baseball-Reference.com. October 8, 1972.
  9. ^ "1972 American League Championship Series, Game Five". Baseball-Reference.com. October 12, 1972.
  10. ^ Jim Kaplan (July 25, 1977). "The Week (july 10-16)". Sports Illustrated. Archived from the original on June 28, 2011.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  11. ^ "1981 National League Division Series, Game Four". Baseball-Reference.com. October 10, 1981.
  12. ^ "1981 National League Championship Series, Game Four". Baseball-Reference.com. October 17, 1981.
  13. ^ Quotations, ThinkExist.com. "Woodie Fryman quotes". thinkexist.com.
  14. ^ "Former Expos, Tigers pitcher Fryman dies at 70". ESPN.com. ESPN. 6 February 2011. Retrieved 27 September 2018.
  • Bob Dunn (June 30, 1975). “The Agony and the X Rays”. Sports Illustrated. Archived from the original on August 7, 2018.

External links

1968 Philadelphia Phillies season

The 1968 Philadelphia Phillies season was a season in Major League Baseball. The Phillies finished eighth in the National League with a record of 76 wins and 86 losses, 21 games behind the NL pennant-winning Cardinals.

1969 Philadelphia Phillies season

The 1969 Philadelphia Phillies season was a season in American baseball. The team finished fifth in the newly established National League East with a record of 63–99, 37 games behind the division champion New York Mets, who went on to defeat Baltimore, four games to one, in the World Series. It was also the Phillies' penultimate season at Connie Mack Stadium.

1970 Philadelphia Phillies season

The 1970 Philadelphia Phillies season was the 88th season for the franchise in Philadelphia. The Phillies finished in fifth place in the National League East with a record of 73–88, 15​1⁄2 games behind the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Phillies were playing their final season of home games at Connie Mack Stadium, before moving into their new facility, Veterans Stadium, at the start of the following season.

1971 Philadelphia Phillies season

The 1971 Philadelphia Phillies season was the 89th season for the franchise in Philadelphia. The Phillies finished in sixth place in the National League East, with a record of 67–95.

1972 American League Championship Series

The 1972 American League Championship Series took place between October 7 and 12, 1972. The Oakland Athletics (93–62 on the season) played the Detroit Tigers (86–70 on the season) for the right to go to the 1972 World Series, with the A's coming out on top in the five-game series, 3–2. Games 1 and 2 took place at the Oakland Coliseum, and 3 through 5 took place at Tiger Stadium.

1972 Detroit Tigers season

The 1972 Detroit Tigers won the American League East division championship with a record of 86–70 (.551), finishing one-half game ahead of the Boston Red Sox. They played one more game than the Red Sox due to a scheduling quirk caused by the 1972 Major League Baseball strike—a game which turned out to allow them to win the division. They lost the 1972 American League Championship Series to the Oakland A's three games to two.

1972 Philadelphia Phillies season

The 1972 Philadelphia Phillies season saw the team finish with a record of 59–97, last place in the National League East.

1972 in Michigan

Events from the year 1972 in Michigan.

The Associated Press (AP) and United Press International (UPI) each selected the top news stories in Michigan for 1972 as follows:

The court order issued by federal judge Stephen Roth requiring cross-district busing throughout metropolitan Detroit (AP-1, UPI-1);

The beginning of the Michigan Lottery (AP-2, UPI-4);

The defeat of Proposal B that would have amended the state constitution to liberalize Michigan's abortion law (AP-3, UPI-3);

George Wallace's victory, attributed to the busing issue, in the 1972 Democratic Party Presidential primary with 51% of the vote (AP-4, UPI-2 [elections]);

The defeat of a ballot proposal that would have changed Michigan's system of funding public education, placed a cap on property taxes, and provided for a graduated income tax (AP-6, UPI-7);

Controversy concerning the Detroit Police Department's STRESS unit and a shootout between STRESS officers and off-duty Wayne County sheriff's deputies, resulting in the death of a deputy (AP-5, UPI-10);

The U.S. Senate campaign in which the incumbent Republican Robert P. Griffin defeated the Democrat challenger Frank J. Kelley (AP-9, UPI-2 [elections];

The skyjacking of an airliner by two Detroit residents, first to Detroit, then to Canada, and finally to Cuba (AP-10, UPI-9);

A school funding crisis in Detroit after voters thrice rejected millage proposals (UPI-5)

The automobile industry's record sales and profits and controversies over price increases, safety, and emission equipment (UPI-6);

High winds that pushed water over the shoreline and resulted in six counties being declared federal disaster areas (AP-7);

A collision near Port Huron that resulted in the sinking of the Sidney Smith in the St. Clair River, blocking the navigation channel (AP-8); and

Michigan's meat law prohibiting use of udders, snouts, and spleen in making hot dogs and lunch meat was overturned by a federal court (UPI-8).The AP and UPI also selected the state's top sports stories as follows:

The 1972 Detroit Tigers winning the American League East division championship with a record of 86–70, then losing to the Oakland Athletics in the American League Championship Series (AP-1 [ALCS], AP-2 [AL East championship], UPI-2);

Duffy Daugherty's resignation after 19 years as head coach of the Michigan State Spartans football team and the hiring of Denny Stolz as his replacement (AP-3 [Daugherty], AP-5 [Stolz], UPI-1 [both]);

Michigan Wolverines football, including the 1971 team's 13-12 loss to Stanford in the 1972 Rose Bowl and the 1972 team's 11-1 season and season-ending loss to Ohio State with Michigan head coach Bo Schembechler refusing to kick a game-tying field goal late in the game (AP-4 [OSU game], AP-9 [1972 Rose Bowl], UPI-3 [Rose Bowl and 1972 season]);

Gary Player's victory at the 1972 PGA Championship held at Oakland Hills Country Club in Bloomfield Township (AP-6 [tie], UPI-8);

Micki King's winning the gold medal in the springboard diving event at the 1972 Summer Olympics (AP-12, UPI-7);

The induction of Gordie Howe into the Hockey Hall of Fame and son Mark Howe's becoming the only Michigan athlete to medal at the 1972 Winter Olympics (UPI-3);

The 1972 Detroit Lions compiling an 8-5-1 record and failing to make the playoffs (UPI-5);

The 1971–72 Detroit Red Wings' finishing in fifth place and failing to make the playoffs (UPI-6);

The failure of a proposed domed stadium in downtown Detroit after the Michigan Supreme Court ruled that the proposed manner of selling bonds to finance the stadium was illegal (AP-6 [tie]);

The hiring of Burt Smith as Michigan State University's athletic director (AP-6 [tie]);

Ed Brinkman setting several Major League Baseball fielding records for shortstops (AP-9);

Greg Landry's signing of a three-year contract with the Detroit Lions (AP-10 [tie]);

The Detroit Tigers' purchase of Woodie Fryman in early August and his winning 10 games for the Tigers in August and September (AP-10 [tie]); and

Michigan's high school basketball championships won by Flint Northern (Class A), River Rouge (Class B), Shelby (Class C), and Ewen-Trout Creek (Class D) (UPI-10).

1975 Montreal Expos season

The 1975 Montreal Expos season was the seventh season in the history of the franchise. The Expos finished in last place in the National League East with a record of 75–87, 17½ games behind the Pittsburgh Pirates.

1976 Montreal Expos season

The 1976 Montreal Expos season was the eighth season in the history of the franchise. The Expos finished in last place in the National League East with a record of 55–107, 46 games behind the Philadelphia Phillies. The Expos played their final season of home games at Jarry Park, before moving their home games to Olympic Stadium for the 1977 season.

1977 Cincinnati Reds season

The 1977 Cincinnati Reds season was a season in American baseball. The team finished in second place in the National League West, with a record of 88–74, 10 games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Reds were managed by Sparky Anderson and played their home games at Riverfront Stadium.

1978 Chicago Cubs season

The 1978 Chicago Cubs season was the 107th season of the Chicago Cubs franchise, the 103rd in the National League and the 63rd at Wrigley Field. The Cubs finished third in the National League East with a record of 79–83.

1978 Montreal Expos season

The 1978 Montreal Expos season was the tenth season in franchise history. The team finished fourth in the National League East with a record of 76-86, 14 games behind the first-place Philadelphia Phillies.

1979 Montreal Expos season

The 1979 Montreal Expos season was the 11th in franchise history. The team finished second in the National League East with a record of 95-65, 2 games behind the first-place Pittsburgh Pirates.

1983 Montreal Expos season

The 1983 Montreal Expos season was the 15th season in franchise history. They finished 82-80, 8 games back of the Philadelphia Phillies in the NL East. At the end of the season, the Expos had managed the best cumulative winning percentage in the National League from 1979 to 1983.

1984 Montreal Expos season

The 1984 Montreal Expos season was the 16th season in franchise history. They recorded 78 wins during the 1984 season and finished in fifth place in the National League East. A managerial change occurred as Bill Virdon was replaced by Jim Fanning. The highlight of the Expos season was the acquisition of Pete Rose. After being benched in the 1983 World Series, Rose left the Phillies and signed a one-year contract with the Montreal Expos. He garnered his 4,000th hit with the team on April 13, 1984 against the Phillies, being only the second player to do so.

Al Raffo

Albert Martin Raffo (born November 27, 1941) is an American former Major League Baseball (MLB) pitcher who played for the Philadelphia Phillies in the 1969 season.

Raffo was signed by the Phillies as an amateur free agent in 1962. He progressed through their minor league system before receiving his call to the majors in late April 1969.The Phillies defeated the visiting Los Angeles Dodgers, 13–6, on May 30 at Connie Mack Stadium. Pitching 3​2⁄3 scoreless innings in relief of starting pitcher Woodie Fryman, Raffo surrendered only 1 hit and 1 walk en route to his only career save.On June 8, Raffo was called upon to pitch in the bottom of the 9th inning with the score tied 8–8 against the San Francisco Giants at Candlestick Park. After pitching 3 scoreless innings, he ran into difficulty in the bottom of the 12th. After a pair of lead walks followed by a single, he surrendered a game-winning single to Jim Davenport leading to his first MLB loss.Raffo's second loss came off the bats of the New York Mets on June 19. Entering the game in the top of the 9th inning with the Phillies leading, 5–4, he issued a walk and a single before being replaced by Turk Farrell. The runners eventually scored with Raffo being tagged for the 6–5 home loss.Raffo's lone MLB victory came on July 2 when he entered the game in the bottom of the 1st inning relieving Bill Champion who was having an ineffective start. Pitching 6 effective innings, he earned the victory in the Phillies 14–4 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates at Forbes Field.The Cincinnati Reds handed Raffo his final loss. Called upon in the bottom of the 12th inning, he walked Ted Savage and issued a game-winning home run to Pete Rose in the 4–2 loss at Crosley Field on August 9.Raffo completed his professional baseball career in the Phillies' minor leagues during the 1970 and 1971 seasons. Following baseball, he earned his college degree and entered the teaching profession.

Chip Coulter

Thomas Lee "Chip" Coulter (born June 5, 1945) is a former Major League Baseball second baseman who played for the 1969 St. Louis Cardinals. Listed at 5'10" tall, weighing 172 pounds, Coulter was a switch-hitter and threw right-handed. He was born in Steubenville, Ohio.

Originally signed by the Cardinals as an amateur free agent in 1964, Coulter made his Major League debut at the age of 24 on September 18, 1969, against the Pittsburgh Pirates, facing pitcher Steve Blass, finishing the game 0-for-2, after which Julián Javier pinch hit for him in the eighth inning.

His second big league game, on September 26, 1969, was against the Montreal Expos where Coulter went 4-for-5, with a double and three RBIs, which saw the Cardinals win 12-1.

Coulter went 0-for-10 in his next three games, then in his final game, on October 1, 1969, he went 2-for-2 with a triple in his final at-bat, off Woodie Fryman.

Coulter finished his career with six hits in 19 at-bats for a .316 batting average and did not hit a home run. In total he appeared in six games, collecting a double and a triple, driving in four runs while scoring three times, walking twice and striking out six times. He committed one error in 25 fielding appearances for a .960 fielding percentage.

After his stint in the majors, Coulter continued playing in the Minor Leagues. On October 18, 1971, he was sent by the Cardinals to the New York Mets along with Jim Beauchamp, Harry Parker and Chuck Taylor in exchange for Art Shamsky, Jim Bibby, Rich Folkers and Charlie Hudson.

Coulter currently lives in Toronto, Ohio.


Woodie may refer to:

Woodie (car body style), a type of car where the rear portion of the bodywork is made of wood

A wooden roller coaster, a roller coaster with running rails made of flattened steel strips mounted on laminated wooden track

Woodie, the first Fender amplifier

The Woodies, nickname for longtime Australian tennis doubles partners Todd Woodbridge and Mark Woodforde

Woodie Awards, a semi-annual awards show on mtvU


This page is based on a Wikipedia article written by authors (here).
Text is available under the CC BY-SA 3.0 license; additional terms may apply.
Images, videos and audio are available under their respective licenses.