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74.  Roy Face
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: February 20, 1928 in Stephentown, NY USA
  • Weight: 155 lbs.
  • Height: 5'8"
  • Bats: R
  • Throws: R
  • Debut: April 16, 1953
  • Final Game: August 15, 1969
  • TSN Fireman of the Year - 1962
 
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Hoyt Wilhelm generally receives credit for being the game’s first great reliever.  History may eventually show that Wilhelm was not the only prototype for relievers as Roy Face deserves to be considered in that discussion too.

Roy Face was the first pitcher to ever record twenty saves in a season.  He would lead the senior circuit in that category three times.  Roy Face still holds the record for the highest winning percentage in a season with a whopping .947 (18 wins to 1 loss).  Face used his forkball to get Pirate teams out of jam after jam and racked up multiple wins and saves all in a relieving role.

The role of the closer is still being sorted out in Baseball’s Hall of Fame, but if a strong case was successfully made for Hoyt Wilhelm, should Roy Face have been this far behind him in consideration?

Should Roy Face be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 79.1%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 6.4%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 7.3%
No opinion. - 0.9%
No way! - 6.4%

The Bullet Points

  • Country of Origin: Stephentown, New York, U.S.A.
  • Eligible In: Thursday, 01 January 1976
  • Position: Pitcher
  • Played For: Detroit Tigers, Pittsburgh Pirates, Montreal Expos
  • Major Accolades and Awards: 3 Time All Star (1959, 1960 & 1961)
    Most Games Pitched (2) (AL) (1956 & 1960)
    Most Saves (3) (NL) (1958, 1961 & 1962)
    Most Games Finished (4) (NL) (1958, 1960, 1961 & 1962)
    World Series Rings (1) (Pittsburgh Pirates, 1960)
  • Other Points of Note: Top Ten MVP Finishes:
    (NL: 1959, 7th)
    1 Top Ten Finish (Wins)
    7 Top Five Finishes (Games Pitched)
    11 Top Five Finishes (Saves)
    10 Top Five Finishes (Games Finsihed)
    2 Top Ten Finishes (Win Probabilty Added)
  • Notable All Time Rankings: 23. Games Finished: 574
    38. Games Pitched: 848
    53. Saves: 193
  • Vote Percentage Received for the Hall of Fame: 1976: 5.9
    1977: 8.6
    1978: 7.1
    1979: 8.1
    1980: 5.5
    1981: 5.7
    1982: 5.3
    1983: 8.6
    1984: 16.1
    1985: 15.7
    1986: 17.4
    1987: 18.9
    1988: 18.5
    1989: 10.5
    1990: 11.3
  • Should be Inducted As A: Pittsburgh Pirate

Should Roy Face be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 79.1%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 6.4%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 7.3%
No opinion. - 0.9%
No way! - 6.4%

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