91. Rick Reuschel
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: May 16, 1949 in Quincy, IL USA
  • Weight: 215 lbs.
  • Height: 6'3"
  • Bats: R
  • Throws: R
  • Debut: June 19, 1972
  • Final Game: April 22, 1991
  • TSN All-Star - 1977
  • Gold Glove - 1985
  • Hutch Award - 1985
  • Gold Glove - 1987
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Virtually every write up you will find on Rick Reuschel you find the word “portly”. He did have a stocky frame, and lived up to his “Big Daddy” nickname, but he was as athletic as they came. Frankly, we think there are better adjectives that should be thought of immediately when you think of Rick Reuschel

Reuschel was more than just a good Pitcher. He was a decent fielder (two time Gold Glove) and was even used as a Pinch Runner on occasion. Of course, it was on the mound where he excelled, as he became one of the stars at Wrigley, winning 135 games there. He would go on to win a respectable 210 games with over 2,000 Strikeouts which showcases a very respectable career, but it is his career WAR that really makes heads turn. Reuschel ranks number 30 all time for Pitchers with 66.3. He rarely allowed Home Runs, and his off speed prowess made him a nightmare for batters.

We are not saying that Reuschel should have been destined for Cooperstown, but he has a resume that deserved better than the 0.4 percent of the vote that he did receive in his lone year of eligibility.

The Bullet Points:
Country of Origin:
Quincy, Illinois, U.S.A.

Eligible Since:


Played for:
Chicago Cubs
New York Yankees
Pittsburgh Pirates
San Francisco Giants

Major Accolades and Awards:
1985 ML Hutch Award
3 Time All Star (1977, 1987 & 1989)
Gold Gloves (2) (NL) (1985 & 1987)
Highest WAR for Pitchers (1) (NL) (1977)
Most Complete Games (1) (NL) (1987)
Most Shutouts (1) (1987)

Other Points of Note:
Top Ten Cy Young Finishes:
(NL: 1977, 3rd), (NL: 1987, 3rd) & (NL: 1989: 8th)  
3  Top Ten Finishes (Earned Run Average)
5  Top Ten Finishes (Wins)
6  Top Ten Finishes (Innings Pitched)
5 Top Ten Finishes (Strikeouts)
3  Top Ten Finishes (Complete Games)
9  Top Ten Finishes (WAR for Pitchers)

Notable All Time Rankings:
30. WAR for Pitchers: 66.3
34. Games Started: 529
62. Strikeouts: 2,015
67. Innings Pitched: 3,548.3
87. Wins: 214

Vote Percentage Received for the Hall of Fame:
1991: 0.4

Should Be Inducted As A:
New York Met

Should Rick Reuschel be in the Hall of Fame?

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Definitely put him in! - 14.3%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 28.6%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 0%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 57.1%

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0 #1 malbuff 2015-06-10 12:29
Correction: Reuschel never pitched for the Mets. He did pitch one year for the Yankees. But if he were to go into the Hall, it should be as a Chicago Cub, though as a Giants fan it pains me to say so. He won 135 games in 12 years for some truly awful Cubs teams, and as fate would have it he was injured during their 1984 division winning season and did not pitch in the NLCS.
I agree he should have done a lot better in the HOF voting, though I don't see him as a HOFer. But whatever Cooperstown cred he has came with my Giants from 1987-1989. He won 19 games in 1988 and stopped who-knows-how-m any losing streaks during a season in which every other starter on the staff was injured, ineffective, or both. He was the winning pitcher in Game 5 of the '89 NLCS, allowing one run over 8 innings as the Giants rallied to advance to their first World Series in 27 years.
Also, please note "Big Daddy" was a pretty fair hitter for a pitcher, too.

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