Skip to main content

Sunday School: History Lesson 36

Jack Sanford was a pitcher with the Phillies from 1956-1958. After debuting in 1956, appearing in 3 games, Sanford spent the full 1957 season as a member of the Phillies' starting rotation. That season, he won 19 games and was named National League Rookie of the Year.

Sanford matured late, as he spent nearly 10 years in the minor leagues before he made the majors at the age of 27. In his ROY campaign season, Sanford was strong...striking out 10 batters in back to back victories over the Cubs and Pirates in May. The next month, Sanford shut out the Dodgers on 2 hits, and followed that up with a 1-0 win against the Cubs in which he allowed only 3 hits and struck out 13. On July 11th, he took a perfect game into the 8th inning against the Cubs before he gave up a hit, eventually winning 3-1. Sanford's early season success got him named to the NL all star team and by late July, his record was 13-3.

Sanford finished the 1957 season with a record of 19-8, an ERA of 3.08 and his 188 strikeouts led the league. The following season, Sanford's success was not the same and he finished the season 10-13 with a 4.44 ERA. After the 1958 season, Sanford was traded to the Giants for catcher Valmy Thomas and pitcher Ruben Gomez.

The Phillies organization would soon regret making that deal as Sanford's performance shot right back up to where it had been in his rookie season. In 1959, Sanford went 15-12 with 10 complete games. In 1960, he led the NL with 6 shutouts. Sanford was a mainstay in the Giants rotation, making no less than 31 starts each year for each of his first 5 seasons there. In 1962, Sanford finished 2nd in Cy Young Award voting, when he went 24-7 with a 3.43 ERA in 39 starts, and helped the Giants with the NL Pennant. Furthermore, the players the Phillies got in the trade were not even marginally successful. Thomas batted .200 in 66 games for the Phillies in his only season with the team. Gomez went 3-11 with a 5.77 ERA before he left to play for Cleveland prior to the 1962 season.

In the World Series that year, Jack Sanford pitched games 2, 5 and 7 against the Yankees. He won game 2 on a three hitter, 2-0. He lost game 5, despite striking out 10 batters and lost the crucial game 7 by a score of 1-0. In the Series, Sanford allowed just 5 earned runs in 23 1/3 innings (1.33 ERA) and struck out 19 batters.

Sanford would pitch 5 more seasons, spending time with the Angels and the Athletic before retiring.

------------------------------------------

Follow PhoulBallz.com on Twitter HERE!


BallHype: hype it up!

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

This Guy Speaks For All of You

This individual, interviewed by FOX 29 on Friday as the Phillies arrived back at Citizens Bank Park, said it best. When asked how he felt regarding the Phillies, he told Steve Keeley that he was, "Stoked, baby!" The unidentified phanatic then proclaimed, "We are talking about the Fightins here, the Fightins! Said!" Check out the media player below, as the transcribed version certainly does not do this phireball of phandom justice. The Phillies forced game 6 of the National League Championship Series with a 4-2 victory over the Giants in San Francisco on Thursday night. Game 6 will feature Roy Oswalt vs. Jonathan Sanchez in a return pitching match up from game 2. First pitch is scheduled for 7:57 pm EST at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia. Be sure to tune in on 97.3 ESPN's Weekend Sports Guide with Tyrone Johnson this afternoon around 1:15pm to hear me chatting about the Phillies! 97.3 is based in Atlantic City. You can listen live online HERE . _________

McGwire Stays Phony, Despite Admitting Drug Use

Mark McGwire made an effort to publicly come clean today, admitting to the world that he took performance enhancing drugs during his playing career. Steroids and human growth hormones were among the drugs that McGwire admitted to using. MLB Network featured a one on one interview with Bob Costas and McGwire on Monday evening. The broadcast was virtually garbage, thanks to McGwire. Ahead is a list of quotes from McGwire's interview. McGwire repeatedly stated his point of view that there were no dishonorable intentions involved when taking steroids, and that he was merely using them as a means to recover from varying ailments. When asked if he felt like he cheated... "As I look back now...I can see how people would say that. As far as the talent goes and the hand-eye coordination, the ability, the genetics I was given...I don't see it." "I did not take this for any strength purposes." Denial. Read on for similar B.S. He whined about the abuse he'

Catching prospect O'Hoppe tabbed to join Phillies

Logan O'Hoppe, image- Jay Floyd Please consider supporting my work and via my Patreon page .  For a small monthly fee, your patronage will get you exclusive interviews and other prospect related material as well as early access to all of my other content such as this feature.  Thank you.   On Friday, the Phillies added a pair of catchers to their 2020 player pool.  Minor leaguers Logan O'Hoppe (pronounced Oh-HOP-ee) and Henri Lartigue arrived in Philadelphia to help catch bullpen sessions for the team's collection of approximately 30 pitchers. The call to O'Hoppe was extremely welcome as the 20-year-old had been staying as active as he possibly could, working out with other players that have been been waiting out quarantine due to the current pandemic at his home on Long Island.  However, he had been very eager to step back onto an actual baseball field. "I just hope I can play soon.  Where ever that is or whatever form that is, that'd be awesom